Roads, Bridges and Sidewalks

The Township of Central Frontenac strives to provide a safe and efficient means of travel on our road system. The Public Works Department is responsible for approximately 550km of roads, various bridge structures and culverts. The ongoing maintenance and patrolling of these assets are paramount duties of the department.

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Entrance Permits

All new road access points for laneways, driveways and field entrances require an entrance permit. The application form and fee are submitted to the Public Works Office for approval.

 Entrance Permit Application

Load Restrictions

During the spring thaw, some Township roads may become too soft and unstable to withstand the weight of a fully loaded truck, regardless of the axles. In an effort to reduce damage to the roads during spring thaw, from March 1 to April 30 each year, the Township restricts vehicles to half loads (5 tonnes per axle) on all roads in the Township.

By-Law 1998-13

Street Lights

The Township of Central Frontenac maintains a large amount of streetlights. Occasionally, a streetlight will malfunction causing the light to fail or to stay on at all times.  When a streetlight is not operating properly, the Township will contact a qualified professional to repair the light.

Since most of the street light faults can only be seen during the night, it is difficult for Township staff to identify a problem. Please use the Report a Streetlight form below or contact your Public Works department.

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After Hours Hotline

The Township of Central Frontenac offers an after hours emergency hotline to its residents. If there is a road emergency after office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday) please contact the Hot Line at (613) 279-2935 press "5" on your telephone keypad during the welcome message.

Examples of Road Emergencies

  • Road washout
  • Tree fallen over road
  • Severe or dangerous road conditions  

Winter Maintenance

The Township of Central Frontenac is committed to providing safe roads for the traveling public during the winter season.

The Public Works department is responsible for winter maintenance of nearly 550km of roadway. Routine winter maintenance activities carried out by the Public Works department include but are not limited to; snow and ice removal from roadways,Municiple parking lots, and road patrolling,

Winter maintenance of Central Frontenac roadways are completed in accordance with the Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards for Ontario Highways. Roads are patrolled during the winter months.

Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards for Ontario Highways

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Winter Parking

No Person shall park a vehicle on a highway or parts of a highway at any time when such parking may obstruct or interfere with the removal of snow, or the maintenance of the highway by municipal equipment or work crews.

From November 15th in any year until March 31st of the following year, no vehicle shall be parked between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m. on any highway within the limits of the Corporation of the Township of Central Frontenac.

Penalties

Any person who contravenes this by-law is guilty of an offence and, upon conviction, is subject to a fine as provided in the Provincial Offences Act or the Highway Traffic Act and to any other applicable penalties.

Any vehicle of any owner found in violation of this by-law may be towed to a municipal property or compound at the expense of the owner. All costs shall be received prior to release of such vehicles so removed. The municipality shall not be held liable for any damage or costs which may be incurred by such towing or removal.

Provincial Offences Act

Section 122 Highway Traffic Act

Winter Parking By-Law #2004-156

Mail Boxes

If your mailbox is damaged during winter maintenance activities the Township is not responsible for mailboxes, paper boxes, etc.,during winter plowing and sanding.

Central Frontenac Mailbox Policy

Clearing Snow on Your Own Property

The Township devotes a great deal of resources to keep streets and sidewalks clear of snow and ice after a snowfall. Residents often deposit snow and ice from their property onto the street or sidewalk not realizing that this contravenes Section 181 of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, contributes to unsafe driving and walking conditions, and increases the cost of providing winter road maintenance. When you’re clearing snow from your driveway, please keep this snow on your property. Your efforts in making winter driving and walking safe for everyone are appreciated.

Section 181 HIghway Traffic Act

We Need Your Help

Ontario’s municipalities clear and maintain some 290,000 lane-kilometers of roadway every winter to keep communities moving. But they can’t do their job without drivers using some basic “snow how” when driving safe winter driving everyone has to do their part to get around safely in the winter.Drivers need to have their own plan, which includes leaving earlier and planning a route. It is important to delay unnecessary travel during significant storms to give plows time to do their jobs. It’s also safer for drivers. Other ways to drive safely this winter include:

 

Be nice on the ice: Give yourself twice the space between vehicles, and pedestrians. Stopping distance on ice is double that of a dry road.  Approach intersections slowly, when they are covered with ice or snow and use extra caution on bridges and ramps.   Ice can form without warning, even if roadways are dry.  Watch out for black ice, a thin, nearly invisible coat of ice that can make the road look like shiny new asphalt. Pavement will look grey or white in the winter.

Go slow in the snow: Slow down and drive according to weather conditions, not the speed limit. Give yourself extra time, drive according to weather conditions, not the speed limit. During a storm, posted speed limits are usually too fast. Conditions can also be unpredictable and change rapidly. Adjust your speed accordingly and give yourself extra travel time.  Avoid sudden moves, starts or stops. Start slowly on slick or snowy roads and brake gradually, giving yourself plenty of space. Steer gently into turns to maintain control.  Be visible and use your low-beam headlights when it is snowing. They are brighter than daytime running lights and will turn on your tail lights.

It’s not a race, give plows space: Never pass a plow. Snow plows are extra wide, and can create clouds of snow – both of which reduce visibility and increase risk of a collision. It’s best to wait for the plow to pull over before you pass.  Plows can’t see you and you can’t see the road ahead. If you do choose to pass, be careful and don’t accelerate too quickly the road ahead is unplowed and could be slick or snowy.   Avoid parking in the street. Plows can’t clear roads that are blocked by parked cars.

Summer Maintenance

Routine summer maintenance activities carried out by the Public Works department include but are not limited to; grass cutting, street sweeping, sidewalk maintenance, tree trimming, road grading, road drainage improvements, dust control, and gravel application.

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Dust Control

The majority of Central Frontenac roads are gravel, therefore dust is likely to occur, especially during the months of July and August. The Public Works Department uses dust suppressant materials such as calcium chloride to alleviate the amount of dust. The nature of the summer season is such that dust cannot be eliminated, but Central Frontenac residents should know the Township is doing everything it can to minimize road dust.

 

Dust suppressants are applied annually, typically during mid-spring. Dust control improves the surface of the roads between grading and provides safer travel by suppressing the amounts of dust raised by vehicles.

Street Sweeping

Each year, the Township removes dirt and debris left on roads from the winter through a spring cleanup program. This cleanup typically takes place in May, once snow and ice have melted off for the season. Periodic street sweeping continues over the summer/early fall months.

Township Trees

If you notice a tree on Township property that may be a hazard please contact the Township Office. 
Note: The Township of Central Frontenac is not responsible for trimming trees on private property.

Residents are encouraged to contact local utilities if trees on private property are interfering with overhead wires. Trees should not be planted in the municipal right-of-way without written permission from the Township.

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Roadside Vegetation Management

Each year the Township will conduct roadside vegetation control. Roadside vegetation is mowed and/ or brushed to ensure safe site distances can be met For more information please contact your Public Works Department. 

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