New PlowOakville map provides real-time snow clearing updates

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New PlowOakville map provides real-time snow clearing updates

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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Oakville’s plows are ready to hit the streets when winter weather arrives, and thanks to a new interactive map residents will be able to track snow-clearing progress in real-time.

PlowOakville, available at oakville.ca, uses GPS technology to track the progress of the town’s plows as they clear roads during a snow event. When plows pass over a road, the colour of the road on the map changes to indicate a plow is operating in the area. As the clean-up continues, roads throughout town will change colour until all plowing is complete.

“Effective snow clearing is an essential service for our residents and a priority for Council,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This new tool will help residents stay up-to-date on snow clearing progress and stay safe when road conditions are poor.”

The town is also using real-time technology to help monitor how its winter equipment is functioning. With the data provided, staff will be able to proactively identify mechanical issues so that impacts to snow clearing operations can be addressed as quickly as possible.

“We look forward to providing an improved level of communication to residents as a result of this new mapping tool,” said Enrico Scalera, director, Roads and Works Operations. “As we roll it out this winter, we also welcome any feedback in order to make it as user-friendly and helpful as possible.”

Residents are encouraged to contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) or at serviceoakville@oakville.ca in order to provide feedback on the town’s winter maintenance operations.

PlowOakville will be available on the Oakville app which can be downloaded for free on iPhone and Android devices. The town will also share snow clearing information on Twitter.

For more information about PlowOakville and the town’s snow clearing services, visit oakville.ca and search “snow.”

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