Plows in Burlington, Milton, and Oakville are hitting the streets and residents are able to track snow-clearing progress in real-time via an interactive map.
The feature uses GPS technology to track the progress of the town’s plows as they clear roads during a snow event.
When plows pass over a road, the colour of the road on the map changes to indicate a plow is operating in the area.
The real-time mapping tool was rolled out in Dec. 2016 for most Halton residents.
As clean-up continues, roads throughout town will change colour until all plowing is complete.
As for how snow clearing works, the town says that primary and secondary roads are plowed first.
Residential roads are plowed when there’s more than 7.5 cms of snow.
When all streets need plowing, they’re to be cleared within 24 hours after the end of the storm — sometimes longer, depending on the severity of the snow.
Sidewalks are cleared only after there’s more than 5 cms of snow, and once roads are cleared.
Municipalities also using real-time technology to help monitor how its winter equipment is functioning.
With the data provided, staff should be able to proactively identify mechanical issues so that impacts on snow clearing operations can be addressed as quickly as possible.
Click on your municipality for the latest snow plow updates: