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Improving Winter Highway Maintenance for the Ottawa Area

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Improving Winter Highway Maintenance for the Ottawa Area

Province Issuing Request for Proposals for New Service Provider

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is looking for a new highway maintenance services provider for Ottawa and the surrounding area to begin operating on September 16, 2016. 

The current service provider, High Road Maintenance, and the Ministry of Transportation have mutually agreed to end the current Ottawa area highway maintenance contract on September 15, 2016. High Road Maintenance will continue to provide all maintenance services - uninterrupted - up to and including this date.

Later this week, the province will issue a Request for Proposals to choose a new service provider through an open and transparent competitive process. This early re-tendering date will enable the province to have new winter maintenance services ready before winter 2016/2017.

As part of Ontario's Winter Maintenance Action Plan, the province is looking at new ways to deliver better highway maintenance services as new contracts are put in place.

Ontario's roads are among the safest in North America, and the province is committed to keeping them as safe as possible during winter weather conditions.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s winter maintenance contractors maintain 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway. If placed end to end, Ontario’s highways would span Canada twice.
  • More than 1,000 snowplows and salt-sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms on provincial highways.
  • Plowing begins when there are two centimetres of snow or slush on the highway.
  • The new contract for the Ottawa Area Maintenance Contract will include many new measures to address the Auditor General’s report.
  • The Ottawa Area Maintenance Contract covers provincial highways within Ottawa and portions of the counties of Prescott and Russell, Renfrew, Lanark and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.

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