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Roads & Drainage

The Roads and Drainage Division of Infrastructure and Public Works maintains the 254 kilometres of roads within the Town. Our crews coordinate roads and drainage related activities from the Works yard in Ravenna, located at 490611 Grey Road 2. Our crew performs general roadside maintenance during the summer while the prime responsibilities of the crews are winter control operations, such as plowing and sanding the roads.

In our ongoing effort to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors, permits are required for construction related activity. The purpose of a permit is to ensure that Town staff are aware of any and all conditions which may arise as a result of construction related activity.

Municipal Lands Use Permit (Entrance Permit)

Each person or firm requiring a Building Permit and/or Entrance works shall apply to the Town’s Infrastructure & Public Works Department for a Municipal Lands Use Permit for Entrance Permit and Frontage Deposit. To obtain a Municipal Lands Use (Entrance) Permit Application, please contact the Infrastructure & Public Works Department.

Entrance Guidelines – Culvert Detail

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Infrastructure and Public Works Department
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers

Deposits

  • All deposits will be refunded by cheque after final inspection approval. 

 

In our ongoing effort to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors, permits are required for construction related activity. The purpose of a permit is to ensure that Town staff are aware of any and all conditions which may arise as a result of construction related activity.

Municipal Lands Occupancy Permit

Each person, firm or utility requiring to make an excavation or perform works on Town Lands in the Town shall apply to the Infrastructure & Public Works Department for a Municipal Lands Occupancy Permit for the proposed work.

To obtain a Municipal Lands Occupancy Permit Application, please contact Infrastructure & Public Works Department.

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Infrastructure and Public Works Department
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers

Deposits

  • All deposits will be refunded by cheque after final inspection approval. 

 

For moving heavy vehicles on municipal highways in excess of dimensional limits or weights prescribed, an annual Moving Heavy Vehicle Permit must be obtained.

To request a copy of a Municipal Lands Occupancy Permit for Moving Heavy Vehicles on Municipal Highways in Excess of Dimensional Limits or Weights Application, please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department. 

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Infrastructure and Public Works Department
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers

 

To place a private stationary garbage bin within the Town road allowances for the purpose of waste collection, a Garbage Bin Location Permit must be obtained.

To request a copy of a Municipal Lands Occupancy Permit for Garbage Bin Location Application, please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department. 

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Infrastructure and Public Works Department
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers

 

To install a rural mail box, a Rural Mail Box Permit must be obtained.

To request a copy of a Muncipal Lands Occupancy Permit for a Rural Mail Box Location Application, please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department. 

Payment Options

  • Cash, Cheque or Debit at the Town Hall 
  • Mail or Courier a cheque to 32 Mill Street, PO Box 310, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0, Attn: Infrastructure and Public Works Department
  • We do not accept Credit Cards or E-transfers

Axle Weight Restrictions will be in effect from March 1 to May 31 or as determined by the Manager of Roads and Drainage. Contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department with any questions, or to obtain additional information.

Axle Weight Restrictions Listing

 

Road Infrastructure Maintenance

Snow Removal Activities

The Town's Roads Division is responsible for winter road maintenance on roads assumed by the Town which includes plowing, sanding and salting operations.

All maintenance standards are based on post-event operations (i.e. after a snowfall or storm event) and adhere to guidelines set out in the Municipal Act and the Town’s Level of Service requirements. The Roads Division works diligently to clear snow and ice quickly from the roadways. Many factors including temperature, precipitation and forecasts determine road maintenance operations.

During winter weather events the Town provides updates on snow clearing operations on the Newsroom webpage.

Tar & Chip Application

The Town utilizes ‘tar and chip’ paving on many of its roads. Tar and chip paving is used on rural roads with low to medium volumes of traffic as a more cost effective and durable alternate to asphalt cement paving.

Tar and chip roads look similar to asphalt cement roads.

Maintenance on your tar and chip road may occur every 7 to 10 years between May 15th and September 1st. This will involve repaving one layer of tar and chip (single surface treatment). Roads which are being newly paved will receive two successive layers of tar and chip (double surface treatment). Town road maintenance Staff may sweep the road several weeks or months following the initial application of tar and chip in order to reduce the loose stone. These brief periods of inconvenience will be followed by a road surface similar to an asphalt cement road for a period of approximately 7 years.

When your road has been recently paved using tar and chip technology, Staff ask that you not sweep the road during the time period when the chip is loose. Sweeping may result in poor wearing surface and an unsafe road condition. The most helpful thing you can do is reduce your vehicle speed. This will assist in reducing the disturbance on the roadway to ensure a clean, even surface as well as minimizing dust from the road.

For questions related to the tar and chip application process, contact the Ravenna Works Yard, 519-599-6714.

For roads maintenance inquiries contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department.

The Town's Roads Division is responsible for winter road maintenance on roads assumed by the Town which includes plowing, sanding and salting operations. The Roads Division works diligently to clear snow and ice quickly from the roadways. To stay up to date on the latest winter road maintenance conditions, visit the Newsroom and sign up to receive news updates on winter road maintenance via email. 

For information regarding Sidewalk Winter Maintenance and Roads Winter Maintenance (Plowing and Spreading) please visit the following link:  Winter Maintenance - Plowing, Spreading and Sidewalks 

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch. 

Winter Parking Restrictions

Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st to April 1st from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

 

Streetlights need to be repaired if they are:

- Out (not working at night)
- On during the day
- Broken or damaged
- Continually turning on and off

If you would like to report a streetlight in need of repair, please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department to let us know. 


We will require the location of the light (closest property address).  
Please allow two to three weeks for repair.

To address the short, medium and long-term transportation needs of the Town’s road infrastructure, the Town in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and the County of Grey retained consultants to develop a Comprehensive Transportation Strategic Plan.

The Town's Comprehensive Transportation Strategic Plan is available for viewing upon request. Contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department if you wish to view this document. 


Contacts

Infrastructure & Public Works
519-599-3131 x276

Manager of Roads & Drainage
519-599-3131 x271

By-laws