As all of us survive the first icy blast of winter, the City of Mississauga wants residents to know: they are prepared to keep traffic moving. With 5,600 lane kilometres of roads; 1,400 lane kilometres of priority sidewalks; 3,700 bus stops and more than 1,000 pedestrian crossings to clear after a snow fall, it’s a big job.

Lane kilometers are based on plowing or salting a kilometer-long single lane.

“Our priority during a snow fall is to clear major roads first to allow access for emergency vehicles and public transit,” said Mickey Frost, city works director, in a news release. “This is followed by residential roads, pedestrian crossings, priority sidewalks and bus stops.”

Roads are salted if the snowfall is less than eight centimetres or plowed and salted if the snowfall is more than eight centimetres. Priority sidewalks, bus stops and pedestrian crossings are cleared within 24 to 36 hours of the end of a storm.

The city offers residents a way to check road conditions ahead of their commute: the snow plow tracker webpage, where you log on to track the routes of the snow-clearing crews. In addition, they can follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter or visit mississauga.ca/snow.

“Residents also play an important role in keeping the community safe,” added Frost. “It’s important to clear your sidewalks after each snowfall to keep them safe for pedestrians and be a good neighbour by lending a hand to help seniors or people with disabilities to do the same.”

City officials also want residents to be aware of on-street parking restrictions throughout the winter months. The bottom line: no parking on city streets between 2 and 6 a.m. from Nov. 1 to Mar. 31. Offending vehicles could be ticketed and/or towed.

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