After a snowy day in the city, the last thing on your mind is heading outdoors and needing to clean off your cars. And that’s not to mention if the City of Toronto snow plows have managed to clear roads and sidewalks yet. Here’s a way to avoid the hassle and see if your neck of the woods is in the clear.
The city has an online, real-time map that shows the locations of plows, sidewalk plows, and salt trucks.
It highlights which roads had been cleared in less than four hours in green, between four to eight hours in yellow, and between eight to 12 hours in red.
Following Torontos’ latest snowfall, the map shows a lot of downtown and larger roads to have been serviced recently, at the time of writing, while neighbourhoods north of Bloor have yet to be cleaned.
Though the city has sent out its snow removal crews, it’s important to note that residents must clear snow on their own properties.
According to the city, “property owners are responsible for clearing ice and snow from private property – including driveways, parking spaces, steps, ramps, and landings – within 24 hours after snowfall ends to provide safe access for people and vehicles.”
And if you don’t, you can get fined. “The set fine for not clearing snow from public and private property is $500 plus $115 surcharge, total of $615,” shares the city.
They also ask that if you’re able to help clear sidewalks for senior or disabled persons nearby, please do so. You can learn more about Sidewalk Clearing here.
And for the map, as we said, it updates in real-time so click here to take a look for yourself.