Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA) response to Auditor General's report

TORONTO, April 29, 2015 /CNW/ - The people who plow our highways, Ontario's Area Maintenance Contractors, care deeply about road safety. Our families, our friends are on these roads too. We take our role in maintaining Ontario's roads extremely seriously.

The bottom line is this: the Auditor General is correct in concluding that the third-generation area maintenance contracts have serious flaws.

That's why for the past several years ORBA has also raised concerns about this system. Last winter, ORBA began to work in cooperation with the Government of Ontario toward a solution. 

We applaud Minister Del Duca's decisive response to this report and look forward to continuing to work with the government to create a more effective winter road maintenance system.

ORBA received the Auditor General's report today. We will now study it in detail as we continue to work with the government to keep Ontario's roads the safest in North America.

About ORBA

The Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA) is the provincial voice of approximately 200 road building contractors and suppliers. ORBA's Area Maintenance Contractors (AMCs) are the maintenance contractors that perform summer and winter maintenance for the Ministry of Transportation on Ontario's roads and highways. ORBA has shared expertise about road construction and safety issues since its inception in 1927. Our members build and maintain Ontario's provincial highway system, municipal roads and bridges and other public transportation infrastructure projects. ORBA members employ over 30,000 workers in Ontario. We created the Let The Blue Light Lead The Way (www.snowplowsafety.ca) campaign to help educate drivers about safe winter driving around snow plows.

SOURCE Ontario Road Builders Association

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