Ploughs, salt trucks out in full force during current snow storm

    TORONTO, Dec. 16 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto's 600 snow ploughs, 300
sidewalk ploughs and 200 salt trucks are tackling the snow storm that is
currently affecting the city.
    As the snow continues, the City is ploughing the expressways and main
roads in order to keep them clear for emergency and TTC vehicles.
    In addition, the City will plough local roads twice -- once today and
again tomorrow-- as a result of the volume of snow expected and the length of
the storm.
    "This storm is one of the worst to hit Toronto in December in some time.
Due to the severity of this storm, it will take longer to complete the
ploughing of the local roads," said Gary Welsh, General Manager,
Transportation Services, City of Toronto. "We ask residents to be patient as
we continue our efforts to clear the roads."
    Residents are reminded that where possible, keep parked vehicles off the
street to assist snow ploughing operations, and to shovel snow on private
property and not on city streets where it can be dangerous for motorists and
can hamper snow ploughing efforts.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Officer,
City of Toronto, (416) 553-1076

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