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Snow clearing & ice control: By the numbers
The City spends approximately $30 million to $40 million on snow removal and ice control annually, depending on weather conditions.
We operate four snow disposal sites with a combined capacity of 1.7 million cubic feet.
An average city-wide snow clearing operation requires approximately 300 pieces of heavy equipment.
It takes approximately 2.5 days (or five 12-hour shifts) to clear all residential streets during a residential plowing operation, with crews working around the clock.
Crews will clear over 7,200 km of roadways during an all-out city-wide snow clearing operation.
Over 3,000 km of sidewalks and pathways are cleared by crews during an average city-wide snow clearing operation.
Crews will clear over 930 km of back lanes during an all-out city-wide snow clearing operation.
Spreaders switch from salt to sand once the temperature falls to -7 degrees Celsius.
We use on average 26,000 tonnes of salt and 60,000 tonnes of sand each winter season to improve traction on roadways.
Approximately 100,000 litres of beet juice is used each winter season for anti-icing operations.