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 removals and re-planting
Over 2400 trees, either damaged in the ice storm or infested with Emerald Ash Borer, have been removed along Regional roads since 2014. Re-planting plans have been developed in consultation with our local municipal partners to ensure that appropriate tree species are selected for the replacements. Planting will commence this year and continue over the next three to four years until completed.
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. For 2020, treatment is scheduled between May and August; dates may vary due to weather.
For further information contact Naveda Dukhan, Technical Analyst at 905-791-7800 ext. 7901.
2019 Street maintenance schedule
1 Please note that these schedules may be subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.