Improving Winter Highway Maintenance for the Niagara-Hamilton Area
Province Issuing Request for Proposals for New Service Provider
Ontario is looking for a new highway maintenance services provider for the Niagara-Hamilton area to begin operating on August 1, 2016.
The current service provider, Integrated Maintenance and Operations Services (IMOS), and the Ministry of Transportation have mutually agreed to end the current Niagara-Hamilton highway maintenance contract on July 31, 2016. IMOS will continue to provide all maintenance services - uninterrupted - up to and including this date.
On December 21, 2015, 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.
- Ontario’s highway 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 two centimetres of snow or slush accumulate on the highway.
- The new Niagara-Hamilton Area Maintenance Contract will include many new measures to address the Auditor General’s report.
- The Niagara-Hamilton Area Maintenance Contract covers provincial highways within the Burlington, Hamilton and Niagara areas.