Ontario Transport Minister Steven Del Duca is reassuring motorists in the district, after a rough ride from the province's auditor-general. He says motorists can expect to see better winter maintenance next season.

"We're going forward with a value-based approach, as opposed to just a low bid, which I know was of concern to the auditor. Something that we recognized internally, as well. We have a very strong sense of confidence, when we award the contract for the Kenora area, we will have the performance and the service in the area that the community -- and the communities in that area -- expect and deserve," he said, during yesterday's media call.

In her special report on winter maintenance, Ontario's auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, said cost reductions in recent years had an impact on safety. Residents of the district protested against conditions in 2013, after a series of accidents included fatalities.

Transfield had been providing the service for the district, but it let drivers know last month it had parted ways with the ministry, and another provider would be getting the contract for the coming season.

For more information:
Auditor general's report
MTO ending contract with Transfield for highway maintenance