Public Works maintains, and is working to improve, approximately 530 km of roadway: 180 km gravel, 43 km tar & chip and 306 km asphalt surfaces as well as the 98 bridges/structures as part of the road network. Operations include plowing, grading, patching, ditching, brushing, sweeping, maintenance of storm sewers, catch basins, and culverts, pavement markings, road signs, guide rails, roadside mowing, and bridge and culvert maintenance.
Public Works staff remove snow from municipal roadways and regularly monitor road and weather conditions so we can do so in a safe and timely way.
You can help the Township's winter control by considering these helpful tips:
- Remove all vehicles from the road following a snowfall.
- Do not place snow from sidewalks or driveways on the street. The Highway Traffic Act and Township By-Law piling snow by-law makes it illegal to place snow or ice on a roadway.
- Be patient. Snowplows will clear the streets of snow as soon as possible.
- Do not place hockey nets or basketball nets on the roadway or sidewalks.
- Do not place snow or ice beside or block access to a fire hydrant.
- Clear snow and ice from sewer grates and culverts to help prevent flooding.
The Public Works Department does not engage in snow removal between 6:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless there is an emergency.
Overnight parking is not allowed on Township roads or boulevards from November 1st to April 30th.
Significant Weather Event
What is a Significant Weather Event?
A Significant Weather Event means an approaching or occurring hazard which has the potential to pose a significant danger to users of the Township’s roadways, sidewalks and/or parking lots. This may include:
- A large accumulation of snow in a 24 hour period,
- Ice formation that occurs with no warning,
- High winds leading to large snow drifts, and or
- Cold temperatures at which de-icing operations will not be effective
If a Significant Weather Event is declared, please take extra caution while travelling.
The Township of Huron-Kinloss will declare a Significant Weather Event in accordance with Ontario Regulation 366/18. Once declared, all road and sidewalks maintained by the Township will be in a “state of repair” until the notice has been ended. This declaration is not a notice of a reduced level of service or road closure. It is to notify drivers and pedestrians to use an appropriate level of caution when travelling during this event. Township staff will continue to work diligently to ensure public safety. Your patience and co-operation is appreciated.
Huron-Kinloss will notify the public that a significant weather event has started or ended in the following ways:
- Alert Banner on the Huron-Kinloss website
- Social Media (Facebook & Twitter)
- A communication will be sent to local Radio media
You can stay in the know about Significant Weather Events by subscribing to the news alerts on the Township website, following our Facebook page and/or subscribing to our Twitter account.
For further information on Ontario Regulation 366/18, please read Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways.