Improving Highway Maintenance for the Hamilton and Niagara Areas
Province Awards Contracts for Year-Round Maintenance Services
Ontario has awarded new highway maintenance contracts for the Hamilton and Niagara areas to Integrated Maintenance and Operations Services taking effect Aug. 1, 2018.
Integrated Maintenance and Operations Services is also the area's current service provider, and will continue to provide all maintenance services up to and including this date to ensure services continue uninterrupted.
The award follows the issuance of two Requests for Proposals (RFP) on June 23, 2017, to choose new year-round service providers through an open and transparent competitive process. The RFPs included several new measures to strengthen winter maintenance activities, including enhancements to winter equipment requirements, road patrolling requirements and the use of winter materials.
Ontario's highways are among the safest in North America, and the province is committed to keeping them as safe as possible.
- 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 province received high-quality proposals from contractors of various sizes for each RFP. Integrated Maintenance and Operations Services was selected through a best-value selection process for both contracts.