Messy winter weather has the County of Brant’s road maintenance crew out in full force. The county says, during a snow or ice fall, they have over 2200 kilometers of lanes to plow, salt and sand.
“2200 kilometers is equivalent to driving from Paris, Ontario to the tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia or from Burford, Ontario to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Being a rural community, we have an extensive road network.”
Deemers says, in the event of storm, the winter maintenance vehicles may need to clear and treat the same roads several times.
When deciding what roads to clear and treat first, the County of Brant is required to follow provincial regulations that outline which roads must be addressed first and within a specific time frame.
“The roads that are addressed first include the roads used as major travel routes, have the most amount of traffic and higher rates of speed. Examples include Highway 53 or County Road 18.”Greg Demers, Acting Director of Roads, County of Brant
Highway 403 and Highway 24 (north and south) are maintained by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).
The county also asks for the public’s understanding, cooperation and patience. They ask all motorists to avoid non-essential travel when road conditions are poor and never pass a snowplow.