Roads and Sidewalks
The Public Works Division of the Planning & Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of road infrastructure, including streets, gravel roads, Town owned parking lots, street & sidewalk sweeping, street painting, signs, storm system intakes/outfalls, & ditching.
The Building & Fleet Maintenance Division of the Planning & Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks, storm catch basins, traffic lights, municipal buildings, fleet and equipment.
There are 166.3 km of paved road lanes, 4.7 km of gravel roads and 51.4 km of sidewalk, that are inspected and maintained accordingly on an annual basis.
Street & Sidewalk Sweeping
Street sweeping will begin when the snow is gone & streets are dry and continue into early fall. All streets that contain residue from sanding during winter snow clearing operations are swept clean. Reactive sweeping is ongoing throughout the season, as required.
Sidewalk sweeping will begin when the snow is gone & sidewalks are dry and is completed by late spring/early summer.
Street Line Painting
Street line painting will begin in early spring when conditions permit and will continue throughout the season until all areas are completed. High traffic zones may require repainting prior to winter season.
Pothole maintenance is completed as needed throughout the year. Inspections of streets are carried out preceding the summer maintenance scheduling and repairs are completed accordingly.
Potholes can form quickly during adverse weather conditions and residents are encouraged to report large potholes to Public Works.
Asphalt repairs will occur from mid-June – October when hot asphalt plants begin operations and continue until their closing. Recycled asphalt may be used on occasions when hot asphalt is unavailable. Larger sections that require asphalt repair or replacement may be assessed as a capitol project and contracted out.
Sidewalks are inspected annually and repaired as required as a part of the summer maintenance program, May – October.
Storm Basin Cleaning
Cleaning of all storm basins will occur from April – November on a triennial basis. The purpose of this cleaning is to remove debris that may contribute to blockages and ensure optimal flow and capacity. Outfalls and intakes of culverts are inspected annually, including before & after major storm events, and required maintenance is completed accordingly.
Special weather events that include a high volume of water flow may cause debris to quickly build up in the outfalls and intakes of basins and residents are encouraged to report areas of concern to Public Works.
Ditching will take place September – November after summer maintenance programs is complete. The purpose of this cleaning is to remove debris that may contribute to blockages and ensure optimal flow and capacity.
Open ditches are inspected annually, including before & after major storm events, and required maintenance is completed accordingly. Special weather events that include a high volume of water flow may cause debris to quickly build up in ditches and residents are encouraged to report areas of concern to Public Works.
Brush cutting is completed in coordination with the Gander International Airport Authority, as per a shared services agreement. Annual inspections of the vegetation type and its growth are used to determine areas that will require brush removal. An average of 4 km of brush is cleared each year.
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