Road Programs by Public Works
Public Works is responsible for road maintenance repairs in accordance with Town policies and to the minimum maintenance standards set by the province. Staff address concerns regarding potholes, streetlights, tree maintenance, gravel shoulders and erosion repairs, drainage ditches, storm sewers, catch basins, gravel road grading, sidewalks, parking lots and winter control.
Staff completes the maintenance of parks, sports fields and cemeteries. Other responsibilities include the ActiVan Transit Service, equipment maintenance and the Earth Day and Litter Clean Up events.
The Town is committed to quality customer service through the "Working Together, Working For You" program. To have supervisory staff address your concerns with Public Works responsibilities, please contact the Town at
905-873-2601 ext. 2603.
Public Works After-Hours Contact 905-873-2600
- ‘1’ for a Live After-Hours Answering Service
- ‘2’ to Page the On-Call Supervisor
- ‘3’ to leave a general Public Works Inquiry message
If you enjoy volunteering, like to get involved in environmental sustainability, or you just want to contribute to your local community, then the Adopt-A-Road initiative may be a perfect activity for you and your friends, family, colleagues, or business.
The Adopt-A-Road initiative allows volunteers to participate in OR sponsor the cleanup of urban and rural roads.
Once your application has been approved, we will publicly recognize your efforts and your participation by placing signs along your adopted section of the roadway. These signs will portray your individual/group name or business logo, and will be erected for all to see.
Volunteer Litter Pick Up Agreement
- Be responsible for a section of a road identified in the agreement for 1 year.
- Pick up litter on road sides at least twice per year in the identified section.
- Be over 12 years of age.
- Have 1 adult supervisor for every 5 volunteers.
- Show their civic pride by personally contributing to a cleaner and more beautiful local road system.
A Sponsorship Program
With your sponsorship, you will not only be assisting the Town of Halton Hills with their roadside activities, you will also be increasing your public image as an organization concerned for the upkeep of roads within the community
Your assistance will be demonstrated by having your logo or name placed directly on the road sign indicating your sponsorship.
- Financial support of liter picks up and urban grass cutting programs at an annual cost of $1,500 per kilometer.
- Financial support to allow rural mowing and litter programs to continue at an annual cost of $300 per kilometer.
There are a number of organizations currently involved in the program, notably Sheridan Nurseries and the Argyll Dental Office. You will see the signs indicating their commitments to their respective road sections throughout Halton Hills.
For further information please contact the Town of Halton Hills Transportation and Public Works Department, 905-873-2601 Ext. 2604.
Public Works uses motorized road graders to preform grading on rural roads within the Town of Halton Hills.
- Occurs on all rural gravel roads
- Eliminate potholes, wash boarding and other surface deficiencies
- Follows a predetermined maintenance schedule
- Dust suppressant material (Calcium Chloride) is applied after preparation and during dry weather.
- Water is applied to alleviate dust and to extend the use of the suppressant material.
- A second application of Calcium Chloride is applied.
- Grading is avoided (unless necessary) as it will compromise the integrity of the product, and increase unnecessary dust
If you are travelling in areas being graded, please be cautious, as the grader will leave a windrow (pile) of materials that can be a hazard to vehicular traffic.
Harsh Canadian winters are what creates potholes.
During the winter, when temperatures rise, water from melting snow seeps into small cracks on the road. When the temperatures drop again, the water in the cracks freeze and expand. This “freeze/thaw cycle” causes the cracks to grow and potholes to form.
When not tending to winter plowing and salting or sanding of roads, the Town’s Public Works staff use “hot patch” to maintain potholes until more permanent repairs can be carried out. Hot Mix asphalt is stored at a temperature that keeps it pliable and workable even during all temperatures, and effectively binds to existing asphalt concrete.
To Report a Pothole
Be able to identify:
- What street it’s on.
- Which lane (north or south).
- Address or building it's in front of.
- Cross streets (ex. Miller Rd and Argyll Rd).
Call Public Works 905-873-2601 Ext. 2603
Please exercise caution when driving on roadways during all seasons. Drive according to road conditions and at posted speed limits in order to avoid damage to your vehicle if and when you encounter a pothole.
Minimum Maintenance Standards
- States the maximum size (area) and depth that a pothole can be before a repair is required.
- States amount of time that is allowed to pass before the repair must be completed.
- Time allotted for repair varies based on the amount of traffic that occurs on that particular road.
- The standard ranges from 4 days for heavily travelled roads to 60 days for roads with lesser amounts of traffic.
- The Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (MMS) and can be found on the Provincial Government's E-Laws website
Making a Claim
When the Town of Halton Hills receives a pothole claim, it’s Legal department determines whether the Minimum Maintenance Standards were met. If they standards were met for that specific pothole, the Town would not be held responsible.
To make a claim please call 905-873-2601 Ext. 2352
- The Town of Halton Hills uses sweepers to clear sand debris left behind after the winter season.
- Sweeping generally takes place between spring and summer, and occurs in almost all weather during these months; in fact, rain helps keep dust down during this activity.
- The sand that is swept up is stockpiled and recycled for use in the winter months
- During the course of sweeping operations, the brooms exert downward force on the road surface to ensure that all debris is collected. This can sometimes leave an impression on the road that resembles, and can be mistaken as paint. This is normal and should not be a cause for concern.
Extensive Spring Clean-Up (April – June)
Includes the sweeping/cleaning of:
- All Town-owned roads (which have asphalt top coats) including bridges.
- Catch basins and gutters.
- Hard-surfaced boulevards and medians.
- Sidewalks that are on the snow plow routes.
- Parking lots of the Gellert Community Centre, Mold-Masters SportsPlex, and other Town designated lots.
- Country roads without curbs are flushed and/or swept as required.
Summer Maintenance (June – October)
Includes the sweeping/cleaning of:
- Public Works supervisory staff predetermines routes and intervals of sweeping.
- Roads are swept in scheduled intervals.
The Town of Halton Hills has jurisdiction over all public sidewalks, and Public Works takes requests for service regarding their deficiencies. Service and repair generally occur during the summer months.
What we do:
- Inspect areas all public sidewalks annually and prioritize their repair.
- Create annual replacement programs (created a year in advance of repairs).
- Replace sidewalks.
- Raise sunken bays.
- Snow plowing programs (see winter maintenance).
Public Works is responsible for picking up dead animals on our municipal road allowance.
If you see road kill please note:
- The location of the incident (street/ crossing/ landmark).
- Type of animal.
- Where it is on the road.
Who is responsible for dead animals on private property?
- The owner is responsible for the disposal of dead animals on private property.
- We strongly suggest that you contact Pest Control services. You can find these services online or in the local Yellow Pages.
- If you choose to remove the animals on your own, please exercise extreme caution as contact may pose a risk to human health.