The Municipality of Central Elgin's year-round road maintenance programs provide safety for all road users, and the highest quality of service for road infrastructure.

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Programs

Municipal staff perform road patrols all year to monitor road maintenance and carry out the programs listed below.

Asphalt Resurfacing

Central Elgin staff prepare an annual asphalt resurfacing program based on the status of road conditions and in conjunction with the state of the infrastructure, Roads Detailed Asset Management Plan, and the Roads Needs Study from 4Roads Management Services Inc.

 

Painting and Markings

We repaint all of our urban and rural roads, bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks each spring. Which provides lane designation and Way finding, assist in user safety. This performance must meet the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control.

 

Tree Removal and Brushing 

Tree Removal and Brushing clears the road of tree branches and limbs for cyclist and vehicle safety and ensures effective storm water runoff is maintained.

 

Pot Holes

Long harsh winters, heavy traffic and time can wreak havoc on our municipal roadways. Cold/hot patching takes place to aid in these occurrences to help improve ride ability and meet the Ontario Provincial Regulations.

If you notice a pavement heave, pothole, or sinkhole on a road in the Municipality, please contact us immediately.

 

Catch Basins

Catch basins, also known as storm sewers, are vital in controlling potential flood situations. Water from sidewalks and streets drain into these catch basins. For this reason, it is important to keep them clear of debris. We monitor and clear these catch basins, especially in areas that have been known to have flooding issues. Please do not sweep grass clippings and other debris onto the road. These materials eventually make their way into catch basins and can potentially keep water from draining properly into them, as well as making their way into our waterways.

 

Curb and Gutters

Curbs and gutters along urban roads are used to accumulate storm water and direct it to catch basins. Maintenance of curbs and gutters is completed by our Public Works Department.

 

Street Sweeping

The street sweeping program removes winter sanding materials, leaves and debris that have accumulated on roads. Municipal staff collect sand from the roads, screen it and then store it to reuse in the winter months.

 

Winter Control

The Municipality’s winter control procedures are in place to meet the Minimum Maintenance Standards as set out in the Municipal Act.  As such, some streets are given a higher priority. Not all streets will be maintained in the winter to the same degree.  The degree of winter maintenance will vary in accordance with the roll the road/street plays in the transportation network and its classification according to the Minimum Maintenance Standards.

Roads

Municipal roads are maintained according to guidelines laid out by the Province. This means the first areas prioritized for snow clearing are:

  • high-traffic routes: These roads carry a higher volume of cyclist and vehicle traffic, including bus routes
  • roads to vital destinations: Residents and emergency services use these roads to get to hospitals, schools and to travel in and out of the City.

Sidewalks

Ice and snow on sidewalks can cause a slipping hazard during the winter months and is a danger to the community.

Review the following guidelines to ensure that you meet the snow removal regulations:

  • Don't deposit snow, ice or slush onto the street or roadway
  • Don't move or relocate snow on the highway
  • Don't deposit snow, ice or slush in a way that block visibility or fire hydrants
  • Property owners are responsible for clearing snow and ice from from their properties as well as sidewalks adjacent to their properties or businesses.

If required, Central Elgin may treat the maintained sidewalks with salt or sand as soon as possible after the storm or when manpower/equipment becomes available and during normal working hours. The Municipality will not perform winter maintenance on any sidewalk that is less than 1.2 meters wide.

Plowing

Plowing will commence when snow has accumulated to 80mm and the storm is substantially over.  This time may vary due to the availability of manpower. Plowing will be carried out during normal working hours.

End of Driveway Snow Piles

Although we all look forward to having the streets plowed, no one really looks forward to that pile of snow left at the end of the driveway.  Plows push most of the accumulated snow along the roadway. Some snow normally travels alongside the blade. As the plow moves past driveways, that snow falls to one side forming a windrow. It is unfortunately up to the home owner to clear this snow left behind by the plow.

Mail Boxes

The Municipality of Central Elgin will replace broken mail boxes only if snow removal equipment makes physical contact with the mailbox. Landowners are responsible to ensure mail boxes are securely attached to their post.

Encroachment on Roads

The Municipality will not be responsible or held liable for damage to private installations which encroach on the Municipal Right of Way. Further, the Municipality would encourage landowners to remove any existing items that may encroach onto the right of way. Any items that are fixed such as boulders or posts that pose a threat to public safety will be required to be moved at the landowner’s expense.

Elgin County Roads

Public Works maintains all municipal roadways with the exception of Elgin County roads.

The Municipality maintains all roads within the boundaries of Central Elgin.

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