The Township maintain roads in accordance with the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (Ontario Regulation 239/02, as amended). Maintenance activities include routinely patrolling roads to check for:
Potholes and other potential road hazards are identified on our roadways by the Transportation Services Department and repaired. During the winter months, when freeze thaw cycles occur, potholes appear on the roadways. These potholes are filled with a cold in place asphalt material which may need to be reapplied. Drive with caution when freeze thaw cycles take place.
Gravel Road Grading/Maintenance
Gravel roads are checked on a regular basis for potholes and ruts. Graders are sent out to regrade roads as required.
The Transportation Services Department applies a dust suppressant to the gravel roads for dust control. This program typically begins in May dependent on the condition of the roads and the weather. Gravel roads need to be graded before the application of the dust control.
The Transportation Services Department ensures that the lines on the roads are painted annually in the spring. Drivers are reminded to obey traffic signs and to not pass any line painting equipment they encounter. Freshly sprayed line paint can take several minutes to dry.
In the spring of each year, the Transportation Services Department begins the Street Sweeping Program to clean the residual sand left on the road surface deposited during snow removal operations. Please avoid parking on the street when sweepers are in your area. This will allow staff to properly clean streets, and not have to return to the area.
Roadside ditches are in place to drain water from the road, carry water, prevent water from crossing the road, and are used to store snow in the winter. Ditches are inspected on a regular basis throughout the year to identify required maintenance.
The Township has the authority to remove or restrict any outlets (sump pump drains, eaves troughs) to ditches that may cause any operational issues or damage to the drainage system. If you need to direct water to the Township's roadside ditches, it is recommended that you contact the Transportation services Department before proceeding.
Transportation Services does not permit the discharge from sump pumps being directed to a road or sidewalk as it will create a hazardous slip or fall situation during the winter months when temperatures are below zero. Sump pump discharge should be directed onto the lawn to allow water to seep away from the house naturally.
Transportation Services completes roadside mowing to improve sightlines and maintain the road shoulder. This activity takes place in the summer and once again in the fall.