Road maintenance activities
Road maintenance is an ongoing process that keeps the roadway in good condition and road users safe.
Maintenance activities are carried out in spring, summer and fall to extend the life of the roadway assets. Activities are coordinated out of our two maintenance yards, Copper Road Yard in the south and Victoria Yard in the north.
Culvert and storm water maintenance
Removal of garbage and digging out ditches ensures that water is able to flow freely through storm sewers, catch basins, ditches and culverts. Keeping these storm water controls open means less flooding during heavy rain events
Roadway, roadside/boulevard maintenance
Litter pick up and grass cutting
Grass cutting on roadsides and boulevards is programmed 10 times a year in urban areas, approximately 3 weeks between cuts. Rural roadsides are cut twice per year. Litter is always picked up before grass cutting.
Safety barriers or guardrails are designed to separate vehicles from non-traversable slopes or fixed objects such as a hydro pole. Safety barriers need regular maintenance and may need repair as the result of a collision.
Other roadside maintenance activities
Other activities include:
- tree trimming, for example when branches block traffic signs and signals;
- fixing/replacing signs and signals, noise wall repairs, and shoulder levelling, which smooths out gravel shoulders in uneven areas;
- street sweeping, filling in pot holes, grinding out roadway ruts, and mending larger patches of pavement after winter ends; and
- yearly re-tracing of pavement markings (the yellow and white lines that direct traffic on the roadways).
Tree planting and maintenance
Our tree re-planting program for the urban forest will be put temporarily on hold as we conduct an inventory and condition assessment throughout the Region over the next couple of years. This information will be utilized for the development of a comprehensive forestry management plan and targeted actions to ensure that our trees and shrubs not only survive but thrive.
To report a tree on Regional property that is damaged or infested by insects, please contact the Region’s Call Centre at 311.
Crack sealing is a preventative maintenance treatment applied to the road surface to address pavement distress that occurs as asphalt ages. Yearly crack sealing helps prevent water and debris from entering cracks and extends the life of the asphalt. Treatment is scheduled between May and August; dates may vary due to weather.
For further information contact Trina Fernandes, Technical Analyst at 905-791-7800 ext. 7901.
Pavement markings are used to provide guidance and information to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists within the roadway. Most Regional roads support high volumes of truck and car traffic and this means that the pavement markings wear fast and become hard to see, sometimes within one season.
The Region has a yearly program for re-painting of pavement markings. Our contractor works on re-painting lines within the months of May to November, from Sunday night to Friday morning, between the hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This means that at times, lanes or intersections may be temporarily blocked/closed for up to 2 hours to complete the work. Please be advised that pending on weather and schedule we may allow our contractors to work weekends.
If you are driving and approach a truck re-painting lines, please stay well back or choose an alternate route to avoid contact with the fresh/wet paint.Follow us on Twitter @PeelPublicWorks for weekly updates to the Pavement Marking Schedule.
2021 Street maintenance schedule
1 Please note that these schedules may be subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.