Ontario Keeping Highways Safe in the Thunder Bay East Area
Province Procuring New Year-round Highway Maintenance Services
Ontario is looking for new year-round highway maintenance service providers for the Thunder Bay East area to begin operating in early summer 2019.
The Ministry of Transportation and the current service provider in the Thunder Bay East area, Carillion Canada Inc., have mutually agreed to end the current highway maintenance contract in early summer of 2019. Carillion will continue to provide uninterrupted maintenance services until this time.
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 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 Thunder Bay East area contract covers provincial highways from Huronian on Highway 11 and Raith on Highway 17 easterly to Longlac on Highway 11 and Marathon on Highway 17.