Road and Sidewalk Maintenance

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Roads

The Town of Whitby maintains approximately 492 kilometres, or 1070 lane kilometres of road. Typical maintenance performed by the Town each year on our roads includes the following work:

  • grading gravel roads and shoulders
  • ditching
  • roadside grass mowing
  • brushing and grubbing
  • application of dust suppressants on gravel roads
  • asphalt patching
  • line marking
  • curb repairs
  • debris and litter pick-up

Some maintenance is routinely performed each year. However, most roads are scheduled for maintenance only as required. Deficiencies reported by the public are repaired on a priority basis. If you have any questions about what maintenance will be performed on your road this year, please contact Whitby's Operations Centre at 905.668.3437.

Sidewalks

The Town of Whitby maintains approximately 498 kilometres of sidewalk. Trip ledges, cracks, and other sidewalk damage are temporarily repaired on a priority basis. Repairs to damaged sidewalk are undertaken by the Town, as deemed necessary. Each year, major sections of deficient sidewalks and curb are replaced by public tender. The Town of Whitby By-law 6456-11 states that objects such as wood, concrete or brick driveway edging, hedges or shrubs, fences, and flower beds are not to be placed within 300 millimetres (12 inches) of a municipal sidewalk.

As the walkability of our community increases, the following are some of the beneficial effects:

  • Creation of less pollution as residents walk to nearby destinations instead of using vehicles.
  • Increased access to local businesses promotes economic development.
  • Builds a sense of community as neighbourhoods are transformed into pedestrian-friendly, attractive places to live.

The Town of Whitby inspects all of the Town owned sidewalks every year using an adult trike. The trike was chosen as it is a green alternative to driving a vehicle to inspect the sidewalks, it provides a consistent point to mount the video camera from, and more efficient than walking.

While conducting these sidewalk inspections, the inspectors are looking for vertical discontinuities 2cm or greater, potential ponding issues, utility hazards, and encroachments. When the inspectors find a difference in height between bays of sidewalk, they measure the height to see if it is a vertical discontinuity of 2cm or greater. If it is 2cm or greater in height, the student marks the deficiency with orange spray paint to warn pedestrians of the potential hazard, capture the location with a GPS unit, and take a picture of the deficiency. This information is used to create maps that are given to our Operational Staff who correct the deficiency within 14 days as per the Minimum Maintenance Standards.

Part of the inspection process is to video all sections of Town owned sidewalks which enables any employee to look at the condition of the sidewalk from their desk.

The summer students use GPS equipment to log the position and type of deficiency. The GIS data that has been recorded by the summer students is used during the budget creation process to determine which sidewalks should be rehabilitated.