Ontario Keeping Highways Safe in the Ottawa Area
Province Procuring New Year-round Highway Maintenance Services
Ontario is looking for new year-round highway maintenance service providers for the Ottawa area to begin operating on May 1, 2019.
The Ministry of Transportation is currently delivering highway maintenance services using a number of smaller contracts in the Ottawa area that will end in 2019.
The ministry will issue Requests for Proposal (RFPs) to choose new service providers through an open and transparent competitive process. This will ensure winter maintenance services are in place in advance of the 2019-20 winter season.
The RFPs will include the enhanced service levels implemented over the last four winters and several new measures to strengthen winter maintenance activities. These include enhancements to winter equipment and road patrolling requirements, the use of winter materials and ensuring that equipment is reliable and in good working order.
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 1,100 snowplows and salt-sand spreaders are used to keep provincial highways safe during winter storms.
- Plowing begins when two centimetres of snow or slush accumulate on the highway.
- The current Ottawa area contracts cover provincial highways within the City of Ottawa and portions of the counties of Prescott and Russell, Renfrew, Lanark and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.