Anti-icing trucks hit the road ahead of winter weather in Mississauga and Brampton

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Published November 27, 2023 at 9:21 am

The Region is asking drivers to give a wide berth to anti-icing trucks working to make roads in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon safe ahead of winter weather coming this week.

Snow is in the forecast for Mississauga and Brampton to start the week according to Environment Canada, which is calling for a 70 per cent chance of flurries and an overnight low of -4 C.

And while the Region of Peel will avoid blizzard-like conditions expected for parts of Ontario, the dropping temperatures mean road crews are out in anti-icing trucks in efforts to keep drivers safe.

The Region uses tanker trucks to spray a brine mixture of salt and water on roads, bridges, curves and bends before freezing temperatures hit, helping reduce the build-up of black ice, frost and packed snow. Bridges get the brine treatment first, as they will freeze faster than roads.

The brine is a mix of 23 per cent rock salt and water, making it harder for ice to form and easier to plow roads.

With crews working to keep the level of ice to a minimum, Peel Public works is reminding motorists to give snow clearing and anti-icing vehicles space to operate and room to work by not following too closely.

“Please give our equipment the time and space needed to apply liquid brine to all lanes safely and effectively,” Peel Public Works said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

The Region’s anti-icing program takes place between October and April with most of the liquid applied in the months of November and December.

Residents in Mississauga and Brampton who need assistance with snow removal can also apply for subsidized services. Click here for more information on how to apply in Mississauga, or click here for information on how to apply in Brampton.

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