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Winter Maintenance Required In Brant County

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The County of Brant will plow, salt and sand over 2200 kilometres of lanes as winter weather is expected tomorrow.

BRANT COUNTY - With messy winter weather expected tomorrow, the County of Brant will have over 2200 kilometres of lanes to plow, salt and sand.

Acting Director of Roads for the County of Brant, Greg Demers says the route is a long distance.

"2200 kilometres 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."

The winter maintenance vehicles may need to clear and/or treat the same roads several times in a snow or ice event.

In order to decide which roads to clear first, decide what roads to clear and treat first, the County is required to follow  "Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways." The Ontario regulation outlines which roads must be addressed first and within a specific time frame.

Demers says they address roads that are major travel routes, such as Highway 53.

"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."
Highway 403 and Highway 24 (north and south) are maintained by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Demers says to not travel on the roads if conditions are poor.

"During a winter storm, we ask for the public's understanding and cooperation. Please be patient. Please avoid non-essential travel when road conditions are poor and never pass a snowplow. We want everyone to get home safely."
You can visit online to learn more about the different roads in the County and their winter maintenance standards.

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