Snow School Teaches Front Line Road Crews How to Keep Roads Safe

Crews Learn Latest Techniques and Safety Strategies For Winter Road Maintenance

It won’t be long until the snow starts to fall and equipment operators are back on the roads.

The Ontario Good Roads Association is in Alliston for the next three days, offering its renowned Snow School, a program that helps maintenance and front line staff brush up on their road skills.

Contractors, mechanics, technicians, and municipal workers from around the province will take part in the in depth training program.

O.G.R.A  Executive  Director Joe Tiernay says it’s important for staff to be up to date on the latest techniques as participants will learn new strategies for ice control, equipment issues and plowing techniques.

Salt management is one of the main focuses of the course. Tiernay says they have to be respectful of the environment, to not damage ground water sources, while also maintaining safe roads.

He adds that because municipalities do a great job of winter control, most people are confident to take long distance trips in the winter because they expect well maintained roads, as a result, they have to make sure  workers are well trained.

About 150 people are expected to attend the course.