With new technologies and weather tracking strategies, London’s head of roadside operations said that the goal is to clear all residential streets within 24 hours of snowfall.
“One of the key factors to clearing residential streets as quickly as possible is for drivers to not park vehicles on residential streets during a snowfall,” said John Parsons, the City of London’s division manager of transportation and roadside operations. “Our trucks move much faster and more efficiently when streets are clear of vehicles.”
Parsons said that his team track weather conditions through a number of means, including road temperature sensors deployed throughout the city, which monitor for snow and ice. Crews also apply a liquid concoction of “salt brine and beet juice” to mitigate ice formation on the roads.
Once snowfall starts, salt trucks go out on primary and secondary roads, with snow plows tackling main roads and bus routes–a process that the city says takes six hours–before heading out to secondary streets, if enough snow has accumulated.
Though the major snow season has yet to kick off, Mayor Matt Brown thanked the crews in advance for their efforts.
“Thank you to everyone who works around the clock to ensure our morning commute is safe and simple,” he said. “We’ve invested in new technologies, such as on-road sensors and dedicated weather tracking systems. Those paired with our skilled operators make London one of the best prepared municipalities in Ontario when winter hits.”
Parsons requested patience from Londoners during heavy snow falls, promising that the “entire fleet will be out,” with the goal of plowing all streets within ministry guidelines.
Due to the forecast, the City’s Overnight Parking registry is closed for pass registrations. Passes that were issued in advance for tonight and onward are no longer valid. The Registry will be closed until further notice, and will not reopen during the weekend.