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Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ontario Improving Winter Road Safety Keeong Drivers Informed

Ontario is expanding the ‘Track My Plow’ program to the Kingston West and Bancroft areas – an online portal that allows the public to track snowplows on provincial highways.

The new program has already been launched in the Owen Sound, Simcoe County and Huntsville areas and will expand to other parts of the province in the future. Track My Plow is one of the ways the province is keeping drivers informed about winter weather and road conditions.

Other resources include:

The Ministry of Transportation’s website and Twitter feed that provide information on preparing for winter travel, driving safely in winter conditions and on Ontario’s winter maintenance standards.

511 Traveller Information Services that offers information about Ontario’s provincially maintained highways, including time-stamped information about road closures and winter road conditions. The public can also call 511 for information on current road conditions or follow 511 on Twitter @511Ontario.

This year, 511 Traveller Information Services has introduced several new enhancements including:

region-specific bilingual Twitter accounts to help travellers get more accurate reporting for their specific areas

140 more cameras to provide online users with more sight lines to better assess winter road conditions

more accurate road condition reporting that includes a detailed date/time stamp that indicates when the condition was observed

a mobile-friendly site, allowing easier access to current information on an electronic device.