Colder temperatures and morning frosts have already made their mark in Mississauga and snow won’t be far behind. When the time comes, the City’s winter crews will be ready to take on winter.
“Mississauga is ready and prepared for whatever winter weather may come our way,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Whether it’s snow or ice on our roads, winter crews will be working around the clock to make sure roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and bus stops are safe and accessible this winter. To minimize the impact on the environment, roads are only salted when needed. I encourage residents to drive according to weather conditions and give snow plows lots of space as they work to clear our roads and keep you safe.”
Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance added: “We have 378 pieces of snow clearing equipment that are ready to clear 5,600 lane kilometres of roads and on-street bike lanes, 1,600 linear kilometres of priority sidewalks, 3,400 bus stops, 95 kilometres of roadside multi-use trails and over 1,000 pedestrian crossings. Residents can get snow clearing updates using our snow plow tracker online and by following @MississaugaSnow on Twitter.”
Here is what residents need to know about snow clearing in Mississauga:
Levels of Service
|Snowfall accumulation for:||Less than 8 cm||8 to 15 cm||15 to 30 cm||More than 30 cm or back-to-back storms|
Residential roads and priority sidewalks are not cleared to bare pavement, but are made passable and safe.
Parked vehicles reduce the City staff’s ability to efficiently and safely clear roads. Any parked vehicles on residential roads should be removed during snow clearing. On-street parking restrictions remain in effect from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., year-round.
Temporary parking permits can be suspended at any time during winter operations and new permits will not be issued. Vehicles parked on City streets will be enforced according to the Traffic By-law and will be issued a penalty notice and be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Using Salt Responsibly
The City is committed to maintaining road safety while minimizing impacts to the environment by using the right amount of road salt in the right place and time. Salt trucks are equipped with on-board technology to monitor and control salt use. Access to an advanced weather monitoring system also allows winter crews to salt only when necessary and in accordance with conditions.
Residents are also encouraged to minimize the impact of salt on the environment by following manufacturer instructions to only apply the right amount under the right conditions.
Download the Pingstreet mobile app to report over-salting at bus stops.
Significant Weather Event
During severe winter events, the City may declare a Significant Weather Event under the Ontario Municipal Act (Regulation 239/02). This allows the City’s works operations more time to deploy winter equipment to address a significant winter storm. Service level timing starts after the declaration is lifted instead of when the snow stops.
Snow Clearing Updates and Temporary Parking Permit Cancellations
- Follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter.
- Visit the online Snow Plow Tracker.
- Call 3-1-1 (905-615-4311 if outside city limits) for concerns about road conditions after snow clearing is complete.
- Be a good neighbour by clearing your sidewalk as soon as possible after a snowfall for the safety of others, and offer to help older adults and people with disabilities who may need it.
- Drive according to weather conditions and give snow plows and salt trucks lots of space as they clear the roads.
- Wear appropriate footwear when outside.
- Ensure pets are brought indoors during extreme weather conditions.
For more information about snow clearing in the city, visit mississauga.ca/snow.