Road and Sidewalk Maintenance

Roadway Maintenance

Maintaining and upgrading roads so they are safe for motorists and pedestrians is a priority in any municipality. Tillsonburg follows the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (O.Reg. 239/02).

The Town's maintenance schedule includes:

  • power-washing in the spring to remove salt and sand
  • routine inspection to identify structural defects or maintenance issues

If you have a concern about any bridge or culvert, please report it to the Customer Service Centre.

Public Works is responsible for picking up dead animals on municipal right-of-ways. Property owners are responsible for the disposal of dead animals on private property.

Clearing ditches and debris from overgrown vegetation and litter helps reduce the risk of flooding during heavy rainfalls. When ditch inlets and catch basins are clear, more water is directed to underground storm sewers.

Pavement markings include:

  • Stop bars
  • Lane divisions and endings
  • Curves
  • Intersections and crosswalks
  • Passing zones

If you notice any missing or faded pavement markings, or have a request to have new lines painted, contact us.

When you contact the Town to report a pothole, Public Works staff will investigate. In the winter or spring months, a temporary repair is usually made. In the warmer months, a permanent repair will be made.

Damage Claims

If your vehicle is damaged by a pothole, you may submit a claim for damages by contacting the Customer Service Centre. Please note that when roads meet the minimum maintenance standards as set out by the Ontario government, the Town of Tillsonburg has no obligation to process a claim.

The grass along roadsides in Tillsonburg is usually cut eight (8) times a year--with about three weeks between cuttings.

Safety barriers - also known as guide rails-offer protection in the event a driver loses control of a vehicle. Often they are placed along steep slopes and other hazards. Public Works inspects safety barriers on an annual basis. Repairs are also made if safety barriers are damaged by a collision.

Sweeping begins in the early spring when the ice and snow has melted from the curb line and temperatures are above freezing for several days in a row.

Summer Program

Sweeping in the summer months occurs until Thanksgiving weekend, depending on weather conditions.

Arterials and collectors - 2 times
Residential streets - 1 time
Downtown streets - Weekly

Resident Reminders

There are several things you can do to make the sweeping program a success.

  • Keep vehicles off residential streets whenever possible
  • Ensure garbage and recycling containers are kept away from the roadway edge
  • Keep basketball and hockey nets back from the curb
  • Avoid putting lawn clippings into the street gutter. Use the Yard Waste Depot instead.
  • Be understanding about related dust and noise

Sidewalk Maintenance

Every day hundreds of people use Town sidewalks to exercise, travel or shop. Broken or damaged sidewalks can make these tasks difficult--and dangerous.

Common causes of sidewalk damage include:

  • Uplifting by tree roots
  • Cracking and spalling due to weather changes (thawing/freezing)
  • Vehicles driving on sidewalks
  • Deterioration due to age

The Town inspects the sidewalks each year.

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