Traffic and Transportation Engineering is an important element of injury prevention through the facilitation of the safe movement of people and goods.
Traffic Services provides technical support related to traffic operations, installation and maintenance of the traffic control devices to provide for a safe and efficient movement of people and goods on roads under the Town of Halton Hills jurisdiction.
We assist with public inquires related to:
Transport and trucking companies and organizations usually apply for these permits.
The applicant is responsible to ensure that permits are current. There is no formal notification of upcoming permit expiry.
Applications for permits must be made in person at Public Works located at 11620 Trafalgar Road.
Width: 2.60 m – 3.99 m Height: 4.15 m – 4.25 m Length (Single Vehicle): 12.5 m – 15.50 m Length (Combination): 23.00 m – 36.70 m
This permit issued annually allows trucking companies to travel on all Town’s highways except the Class B Roads, which require the Load Exemption Permit Application and/or roads with the posted No Heavy Truck prohibition signs.
Width: 2.60 m Height: 4.15 m Weight: 63,000 kg Length (Single Vehicle): 12.50 m Length (Combination): 23.00 m
This permit requires a carrier to submit the specific route, trip date, and a sketch of the transport vehicle depicting wheel arrangement, axle, wheel loading, and structure positioning. Also required is a complete list of all vehicles used for escorting the oversize vehicle.
This permit issued for single trips will not apply to the Class B Roads with posted 5 tonnes per axle restrictions and/or the posted No Heavy Truck prohibition signs.
For any questions, please contact the Public Works division at 905-873-2600 Ext. 2603.
Heavy Truck Issues
To ensure public safety the Town of Halton Hills, in collaboration with Halton Regional Police Services, monitors and undertakes periodic truck safety enforcement blitzes.
Traffic control signals are used to convey control messages to the road users, in order to:
Advise motorists of traffic regulations;
Provide information for motorists to safely navigate through an intersection;
Increase the public safety through the simplification of conflicting vehicle movements and driving tasks;
Improve traffic flow.
The planning, design, operation and maintenance of traffic control signals is the responsibility of Traffic Division.
If you have questions regarding the purpose or use of traffic control signals, please call 905-873-2600 Ext. 2215.
Traffic Lights Maintenance and Repair
If a traffic control signal or traffic sign is damaged and/or missing, please call Public Works to request maintenance: 905-873-2600. Ext. 2603
Accessible Pedestrian Signals (APS)
Pushing the button of an Accessible Pedestrian Signal will activate audible routes for crossing the intersection.
Visually impaired persons are required to press the APS push button for three (3) seconds until the confirmation click is heard. For North/South directions the audible sound is a “cuckoo” sound and “Canadian Melody” or “bird chirp” is for crossing East/West directions.
Example located at the intersection at Main Street and Mill Street in Acton.
Traffic signs are used as traffic control devices in order to:
Provide positive guidance to motorists to avoid hazards;
Provide uniformity of control messages related to shapes, colours and installation methods;
Assign a right-of-way;
Advise motorists of traffic regulations and provide them information necessary for route selections.
The Radar Message Board (RMB) is a community based road safety device, which provides immediate vehicle speed feedback to drivers.
The RMB is a portable radar unit which combines a radar gun and a large LED speed display board. The unit is powered by a portable battery pack.
The RMB is available free of charge to community representatives to be used in your area. The unit is completely safe, very easy to set up and operate.
By keeping track of vehicle speeds, you can provide a RMB Citizen Report to the Halton Regional Police Service for excessively speeding vehicles. When you return the unit, submit your RMB Citizen Report Form and Halton Regional Police Service will send a warning letter to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The purpose of the Community Road Watch program is to promote road safety.
What is the Process?
Obtain a copy of the citizen report form from local Police Station or download it.
Complete the form to report incidents of dangerous driving.
Submit completed form to Police station for appropriate follow-up.
How We Are Organized?
Halton Community Road Watch is a partnership of the Community Consultation Committees, Halton Regional Police Service, Municipalities of Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, Region of Halton and the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. We meet as necessary as individual groups or as joint groups with the stated common purpose in focus.
To have a significant impact on road safety within the Municipal Region of Halton during the year 2002 and into the future.
A 30 minute video outlining the Road Watch program is available to interested parties Contact your local Police station to borrow a copy. As well, requests for a speaker can be made, who will explain the program. Consult with your local Police station for further details.
Georgetown Division District #11, Police Station: 905-878-5511
The walking pedestrian signal permits pedestrians to enter the crosswalk.
Flashing Don’t Walk
The flashing “Don’t Walk” signal indicates to pedestrians in the crosswalk to finish crossing and indicates to pedestrians on the sidewalk to not enter the crosswalk.
Steady Hand Don’t Walk
The steady hand indicates to pedestrians to not to enter the crosswalk. Example located at the intersection at Main Street South and 15 Side Road.
Traffic Infrastructure Maintenance
In similar respect that directly affects road safety, if you notice that any traffic signs are damaged or missing, please contact the Public Works section at 905-873-2600 Ext. 2603 to reach the Public Works clerk. After hours, please call 905-873-2600 and press "4" to leave an automated request for service. The sooner we know about the problems the faster corrective action can be undertaken and accident potential minimized.
The Town of Halton Hills has entered into an agreement with South Western Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Halton Hills Hydro, for the maintenance of streetlights for the next five years.
To ensure maximum benefit and efficiency for the roadway illumination system, if you notice any streetlight in the Town is out or turning on and off intermittently (cycling) please contact the new voice mailbox at 519-853-3700 Ext. 226. Repairs are only made after the deficient streetlight is brought to the Town's attention.
What is it?
Traffic controlling devices used to reduce speed and/or volume of vehicular traffic on neighbourhood streets. Below are examples of Traffic Calming methods.
This can include:
Local and Collector Roads
Centre medians (Islands):
Curb extensions (bump outs):
Oversize Speed Signs:
Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs:
Pavement markings, gateway features and oversize speed signs:
Why is it incorporated on our roads?
Increases safety and liveability in the neighbourhood.
Reduces negative impacts of motor vehicles in high-traffic areas.
Increases driver awareness of street functions (which reduces vehicular speed).
Discourages non-local traffic from traveling through a neighbourhood.
Encourages public involvement in traffic calming activities.
Reduces conflicts between various street users, including motorists, cyclists, pedestrian and others.
Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Roads Partnership - Town and Police staff work hard to identify, verify and risk assess traffic concerns, be they citizen complaints or through police observation. Officers from Georgetown Police station are tasked to conduct robust enforcement at those locations which have been deemed moderate to high risk. These locations receive targeted enforcement for a period of one month in an effort to modify driver behaviour through enforcement and education.
Project Rural Impact- Officers address rural speeding concerns at specific locations within the rural community of Halton Hills. This takes the form of bi annual enforcement blitzes led by the District Response Unit and supported by platoon officers.
Canada Road Safety Week - Georgetown officers target the 4 high risk driver behaviours (Impaired driving/Aggressive Driving/Distracted Driving/Seatbelt noncompliance) during Canada's Road Safety Week in May. This is a "All Hands on Deck" approach and leads to one of the most significant enforcement efforts within the province.
Ride SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Halton - A motor cycle safe riding awareness campaign to be complimented by motor cycle enforcement along rural routes in Halton Hills. New warning signs have been designed and purchased by the Town to be installed along a popular high risk route.
Project ERASE (Eradicate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) - Street racing is a very dangerous activity. To combat this officers from Milton and Georgetown have developed partnerships with other police agencies within the GTA to target this driving behaviour. It will not be tolerated within our community.
All officers are TRAFFIC officers – Police in Halton Hills understand that aggressive driving is a concern for all residents and all officers are expected to play their part in helping to make the roads as safe as possible. Residents can also submit Traffic Complaints and Road Watch reports online.
For further information on any of these programs, or to report a speeding concern, please contact the Halton Regional Police at 905-825-4747.
The Town of Halton Hills has been designated as a Safe Community through Parachute, a national charitable organization dedicated to an injury-free Canada with Canadians living long lives to the fullest.
Red Light Camera Program
The Red Light Camera Program is under the jurisdiction of Halton Region.
The purpose of the Red Light Camera Program is to improve road safety and reduce the number of drivers running red lights.
The camera takes pictures of red light violators 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but only operates when a vehicle enters the intersection once the light has turned red.
There are two red light cameras currently located in Halton Hills:
10 Side Road (Regional Road 10) and Ninth Line (Regional Road 13)
Both the Town and Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) provide residents with options to address their speeding concerns within their neighbourhoods:
Radar Message Boards (RMB), both the Town and HRPS deploy electronic message signs that display operating speeds of approaching vehicles. The RMBs alert motorists about their operating speeds and help to slow down vehicular traffic.
The HRPS implements Community Road Watch Program to promote road safety. Citizens can report aggressive driving to HRPS by completing the Road Watch Form. The program is very effective in addressing speeding concerns on roadways with a minimum cut-through traffic.
To determine operating speeds on a roadway, the Town undertakes Spot Speed Radar Studies (SSRS) or utilizes Automatic Traffic Recorders.
To reduce negative effects of motor vehicle use, alter driver behaviour and improve conditions for non-motorized street users on Local and Collector residential roads, the Town established the Traffic Calming Protocol in 2007.
Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs (VATCS) are electronic signs displaying the maximum speed limit, flashing amber beacons and the “Slow Down” message. The VATCS flash when motorists exceed the maximum posted speed limit.
If you have concerns regarding speeding, aggressive driving or the posted speed limit please review available options and contact the Traffic Coordinator at 905-873-2600 Ext. 2215
What is it?
The counting of vehicular traffic on a particular road at specific times.
Often done by an electronic traffic counter, which usually consists of a cable that runs along the road which attaches to a box on the boulevard.
It can classify the types of vehicles using the road (cars, trucks, motorcycles, bikes).
It can measure the speed of traffic on that specific road.
Why conduct traffic counts?
To identify which routes are most used.
To improve specific roads.
To provide alternative routes if there is an excessive amount of traffic.
To review speed limits.
To classify roads based on Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards.
To plan and install effective signals, signs, and intersections.
Looking to purchase a property?
Prior to purchasing any property (residential or commercial) it is advised to look at traffic counts of a particular road.
This will help you identify volumes of traffic around your future property.
We provide access to vehicle volume counts, traffic signal phasing, speed studies, accident summary sheets and other related information based on established fees. For more information please contact the Traffic Coordinator at 905-873-2600 ext. 2215. For traffic related inquiries please click here.