Apr 29, 2015
By Michael Kramer
Ontario’s Transport Minister Steven Del Duca says an Auditor General’s report on winter highway maintenance – confirms what he already knew.
The report was released today and it says, on average, it’s taking more than twice as long now to clear highways after a storm – than it did before Ontario began contracting out road maintenance to the lowest bidders – back in 2009.
Del Duca says his ministry has added equipment, improved oversight and made adjustments to the way plowing is done.
But he admits the current system of winter highway maintenance must be improved.
Last week’s provincial budget includes money for more equipment changes and Del Duca promises swift action on the auditor’s recommendations, with several of them to be operational by the start of the next winter driving season.