Road Maintenance

At the County of Wellington maintenance is broken into four distinctive sections which are

  • Maintenance Areas
  • Road Surface Management
  • Roadside Maintenance
  • Drainage & Structure Maintenance

Maintenance Areas

There are four maintenance service areas in the County, each staffed by a foreman, a sub-foreman and equipment operators. There are two garages in each maintenance area.

Maintenance Area 1:

Central Garage 
7468 Wellington Road 51 
Phone 519.821.2090

Aberfoyle Garage
7404 Wellington Road 34

Area 1 Maintenance Map

Maintenance Area 2:

Brucedale Garage 
8436 Wellington Road 124 
Phone 519.856.9669

Erin Garage 
9506 Wellington Road 124

Area 2 Maintenace Map

Maintenance Area 3:

Arthur Garage
399 Eliza Street 
Phone 519.848.2124

Harriston Garage
9160 Wellington Road 5

Area 3 Maintenance Map

Maintenance Area 4:

Drayton Garage
30 John Street
Phone 519.856.9669

Elora Garage
7454 Wellington Road 21

Area 4 Maintenance Map

In non-winter months, regular roads operations take place from Monday to Thursday 7 am to 4:30 pm, and Friday from 7 am to 11 am. During the non-winter months, during regular office hours, contact the Roads Division to have your inquiry dispatched to the appropriate garage. In the winter months, from approximately mid-November to mid-April, a 24-7 radio dispatch phone number is available for the public to use to find out about winter road conditions on Wellington County roads. In the winter months, the workforce is supplemented with additional equipment operators, to allow a generally 24-hour service, seven days a week.

Road Surface Management

GraderThe purpose of road surface management is to delay road deterioration and extend the life of pavements by repairing minor road defects.Key road surface management operations include:

  • Patching - Patching potholes and cracks in asphalt with hot mix or cold mix asphalt to repair minor damage
  • Shoulder Grading - The key operations are shouldering and grading which involve building up gravel shoulders with new material to meet the proper slope of the asphalt surface
  • Grading Loose Top - Applying new gravel to gravel roads with grading and compaction
  • Dust Control - Suppressing dust, where necessary, with the application of magnesium chloride
  • Washout & Base Repair - Applying new gravel to roads and shoulders that have been damaged by heavy rain
  • Sweeping - Maintaining paved intersections free of gravel on the pavement

Roadside Maintenance

The purpose of road maintenance is to keep roadside areas in a tidy and safe condition. Key roadside maintenance operations include:

  • Tractor Mowing - Mowing to improve roadside visibility and control noxious weeds
  • Tree Removal and Tree Planting - Removing trees that may cause safety hazards and planting trees where appropriate
  • Brush Cutting - Removing brush that may obstruct visibility or impede various roadside operations
  • Debris Pick-Up - Picking up illegally dumped garbage, including litter tossed from vehicles
  • Adopt-A-Road - Coordinating roadside cleanup on County Roads
  • Dead Animal Removal - Removing dead animals found on the side or travelled portion of County Roads. To notify the Roads Division about a dead animal on a County road or roadside, please contact the Roads Division.
  • Weed Control - Spraying and mowing to help reduce the spread of noxious weeds. Roadside weeds are sprayed to control selective broadleaf weeds and wild carrot, as per the Weed Control Act. The materials used are Telar (Registration No. 21533) and Desormone (PCP Registration No. 15027) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada). A Ministry of Environment (MOE) licensed contractor applies the herbicides under the requirements of the Pesticides Act. MOE approved public notices are placed in the Guelph Mercury and the Wellington Advertiser at least seven days prior to the pesticide application in order to communicate the area and duration of the spraying.The County conducts a rotational Spring and Fall weed spraying in each area to help manage the development of herbicide resistance.

Drainage & Structure Maintenance

The purpose of drainage and structure maintenance is to prevent flooding by directing surface waters appropriately and to maintain bridges and culverts for the safety of the motoring public.The key drainage and structure maintenance operations include:

  • Ditching - digging roadside ditches for the prevention of roadway flooding and removing vegetation and debris to maximize drainage while maintaining erosion control
  • Bridge Maintenance - inspecting and maintaining County bridge structures
  • Culvert Maintenance - installing and repairing the culverts that channel water under roadways and driveways
  • Manhole and Catch Basin Repair and Maintenance - inspecting, cleaning, and repairing catch basins and manholes
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