We are committed to keeping Ontarians safe in winter weather. This technical review of Highways 11 and 17 looks at the work we are doing to keep these highways clear of ice and snow during winter.

In this report, we review various aspects of winter maintenance operations including:

  • highway service level designations based on winter traffic volumes
  • the number of patrol yards and winter vehicles that we have in place to fight winter storms
  • the time it takes our contractors to clear highways to bare pavement after a storm
  • snowfall rates
  • vehicle collisions

The report found that current levels of service on Highways 11 and 17 generally met or exceeded provincial standards. Ontario’s contractors have been clearing snow to bare pavement faster than our standards for the highways. The report also outlines improvements to help keep our highways as safe as possible during winter.

Improvements underway

Ontario has some of the highest winter maintenance standards in North America and we are continuously looking for ways to improve our service.

We are improving the safety of Highways 11 and 17 by:

  • launching a pilot project to identify sections of Highway 11 and 17 where we can impose tougher standards for clearance. The pilot will look at areas where contractors are having difficulty meeting our standards
  • requiring maintenance crews to use anti-icing liquids before storms to make it easier to clear snow
  • improving new winter maintenance contracts, such as requiring contractors to add more equipment
  • installing eight new Road Weather Information System stations along Highways 11 and 17 to provide better weather forecasting that helps our contractors better respond to winter weather
Updated: May 14, 2021
Published: November 13, 2020