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Monday, January 18, 2016

Winter Experiment in Meaford

Meaford | by Claire McCormack  

Municipality testing different methods of winter maintenance until April.

Meaford is conducting some winter road maintenance experiments in hopes of making their system more efficient.

Director of Financial Services and Infrastructure Management Darcy Chapman, says the municipality has been trying out different things since the beginning of January and will continue trials until the end of April.

According to Chapman, traffic count updates have given staff a better understanding of how roads are being used in Meaford, which can help inform the way the municipality maintains roads.

Chapman says practices include modified salt use, consolidating existing plow routes, changing weekend shifts and start times to reduce overtime hours, and developing primary and secondary routes.

In terms of weekend plowing for example, Chapman says they may try starting a few winter control staff a little later, since there are no school buses to prepare roads for.

Meaford will also try modifying the salt mixtures it uses in an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

Chapman says so far, although they've received feedback from the public, it's been about regular practices rather than any of the changes Meaford is trying out.

Chapman says each trial will last for no more that 30 days, and some less if they aren't working well.

The municipality is asking for public feedback which can be submitted through a Winter Roads Inquiry form online at or by following the links on Meaford's website.

There, the public can also find more information on experiments, what classification their roads fall under and what times they can expect their streets to be plowed.

Hard copies are available at the following locations:

Administrative Office, 21 Trowbridge Street West
Meaford and St. Vincent Community Centre and Arena
Meaford Hall and Meaford Museum
Meaford Public Library
Sydenham and 7th Line Operations Depots



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