Safe roadways are important to quality life in Centre Wellington. 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:
Pothole Repair - Potholes and other potential road hazards are identified on our roadways by the Public Works 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 by the Public Works Department for potholes and ruts. Graders are sent out to regrade roads as required. With 450 plus lane kms of gravel roads network, regrading can take 3-4 weeks to complete. As part of regular maintenance the Township adds approximately 24,000 tonnes of gravel annually in the spring.
Dust Control - The Public Works 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.
Line Painting - The Public Works 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.
Street Sweeping - In the spring of each year, the Public Works 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.
Ditching - 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 Public Works Department before proceeding.
Sump Pumps – Public Works 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.
Roadside Mowing – Public Works completes roadside mowing to improve sightlines and maintain the road shoulder. This activity takes place in the summer and once again in the fall.