The City of Owen Sound Public Works Department will be making changes to the winter maintenance procedures for the 2015/2016 winter season. The changes will provide cost savings to the City and greater efficiency for winter maintenance during the daytime hours. The changes are as follows:

Shifts Changes:

· Reduction from three shifts to two shifts; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 4 p.m. to Midnight

· 24 hour coverage will be provided when conditions warrant by extending shifts

· Night patrolman will be on duty through night hours, and will keep at least one lane open in each direction on the arterials

Material Application Modification and Reduction:

· ClearLane® Enhanced Deicer Salt, which goes on green, will be used this season. The salt is pre-treated to make it moreeffective than regular road salt at lower application rates.

· Sand will be broadcasted on local roads after the end of storms and touch ups as required between storms

· Application rates will be reduced where possible, in keeping with Provincial & Federal guidelines

Adjusted Deployments for Plows on Multi-Lane Roads:

· Tandem plowing will be used on multi-lane facilities

Public Works staff will be out keeping the roads safe. Please drive according to the conditions, and consider getting snow tires.

If you would like further information regarding the City of Owen Sound's Winter Maintenance program,

For further information regarding ClearLane® Enhanced Deicer, and The Material Safety Data Sheet for this product

source: media release, City of Owen Sound


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