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2014-01-31 at 14:25

Transportation Minister offers tough talk on lack of highway snow clearing

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Ontario's Transportation Minister is acknowledging that some highways have not been properly snowplowed and cleared this winter.

Minister Glen Murray issued a statement after the MTO imposed financial penalties against all of its private highway maintenance contractors this winter. 

The ministry has refused to release the amount of those fines,  but Murray says he takes the safety of Ontario's highways very seriously and they will take stronger action if significant improvements are not forthcoming. 

The private contractors added 50 more plows to their fleets this winter.

Murray insists the MTO has taken action whenever winter maintenance standards haven't been met. 

The minister is also encouraging all drivers to contact the ministry by email whenever they have concerns about the amount of snowplowing, salting or sanding being done on the highways.

(Thunder Bay Television)

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jonthunder says:
It is time for full disclosure. Ontario and the contractors must fess-up to the facts. The OPP mush weight in to the debate. And an independent inquiry may be needed to get to the TRUTH of the matter, and improve public safety on our roads and ensure the wise expenditure of funding to maintain our roads.
1/31/2014 3:13:26 PM
S Duncan says:
OPP should remain as law enforcers, not political police.

the roads are fine, its the low performance drivers that are the problem.
2/1/2014 9:43:44 PM
Ranma says:
I invite the minister to drive our highways up here, so he can see just how poorly maintained they are. It's funny how a guy from Southern Ontario says he takes our safety very seriously, but has NEVER driven the very roads he says are "safe"
1/31/2014 6:09:05 PM
windigo says:
Good letter
2/1/2014 10:20:44 AM
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