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Let it snow! Did you know...?
The City uses a special concoction of salt brine and Geomelt to prevent ice forming on roads. This environmentally-friendly anti-ice formula contains desugared sugar beet molasses. By using it, we dramatically cut down on the use of salt on roadways.
On average, London receives just over 210 centimetres (7 feet) of snow each winter. A major snowfall can produce an accumulation of 30 centimetres (12 inches) of snow.
The City is responsible for clearing over 3500 lane kilometres of roadway with 62 plows and 23 sander/salters.
The City is responsible for clearing 1300 kilometres of sidewalk with 33 sidewalk plows.
The City of London has two traffic cameras in operation and two road temperature sensors. One is located at the Oxford Street west bridge extension and the other is on the Commissioners/Highbury bridge. The road sensors provide a road forecast which can be different than the typical air temperature forecasts that are reported. In the fall the road can be warmer than the air and in the spring it is the opposite. Road temperature is another tool used when deciding when to salt the road.
The City clears 2100 bus stops for the London Transit Commission. Clearing bus stops requires special plow attachments, so we can only do this after the sidewalks have been cleared.
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