MTO Announces New Winter Road Maintenance Standards for Highways 11 & 17

Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney announced details today of new snow plowing standards which are now in effect for Highways 11 and 17 across Northern Ontario.

The new standard, known as ON Trans-Canada, requires that snowplow operators contracted to the Ministry of Transportation clear the highways to bare pavement within 12 hours of the end of a winter storm. This is a four-hour improvement over the previous standard.

“Highways 11 & 17 are critical pieces of provincial infrastructure for the Ontario trucking industry which allows drivers and carriers to service communities across the north and connects the eastern and wester supply chains in Canada,” said OTA chair James Steed. “OTA applauds the Minister and her team for moving forward on this initiative to make the highways safer for all road-users and adding resources to keeping these highways open during the challenging winter months.”

For complete details of MTO’s announcement and the many other actions MTO has taken to improve winter road maintenance in Northern Ontario, click here.

For up-to-date winter road conditions in Ontario, including specific information on snowplow operations on provincial highways (Track-My-Plow feature), carriers are encouraged to monitor the Ontario 511 app.


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