Road infrastructure improvement program


Select an area of interest to jump to the information about it. The efforts within this program are organized annually, by the Public Works department.

 

 Bridge and culvert replacement program

 Annual replacement of structures that are in need of improvement due to poor condition. This year's program involves the following location:

  • Gall Trail Bridge - replacement of old structurally deficient bridge structure with a new 5.5m wide structure with a wooden deck and guide rail safety features.

Capital road resurfacing and rehabilitation program

A balanced approach of addressing urban and rural roads in good and poor condition with the following objectives:

Note: select an area for a current list of roads planned for improvement or repair.

Base Stabilization (BS) 

Double Surface Treatment High Float (DST) 

Pulverizing (grinding it up) and mixing with new aggregate. Helps with road base strengthening.

After re-shaping or grading of the road, a double surface treatment seal coat (tar and chip) is applied.

Roads selected for a full BS and DST are assessed and the following improvements made where necessary:

  • ditching
  • drainage improvements
  • cross culvert replacement

 

Gravel Lift (G)

Putting 3 inches of new granular material to an existing loose top (gravel) road.

Gravel roads need continuous re-shaping as the top surface wears and is impacted by many factors: traffic, weather, etc.

During regular maintenance on gravel roads, the aggregate material is re-claimed/re-used. As the material is lost over time due to winter operations, traffic "kicking it off," rain, etc., new material is needed to handle daily traffic.

 

Pulverizing with Hot Mix Overlay (PR1) and Hot Mix Overlay (R1) 

  • Pulverizing with Hot Mix Overlay (PR1) involves milling off of the top 25mm to 50mm of deteriorated road surface. Placing a new hot mix asphalt surface.
  • Hot Mix Overlay (R1) involves the placement of 55mm of hot mix asphalt or various thicknesses directly over a hardtop road.

Isolated base repairs may be necessary, but will be determined at the time of construction.

 

 Slurry Seal (SS) 

Applying a road grade tar to the road surface. Gives a water-tight seal and extra wearing course.

Roads selected for a slurry seal, were rehabilitated the previous year as a base stabilization and double surface treatment (BS & DST).

What roads will be treated with SS?

Slurry Seal (CRF)
Road NameLength (m)Width (m)Area (m2)
North Drive 2200 6.5 14,300
South Drive 1300 6.5 8,450
Allensville Road 1000 6.5 6,500
North Lancelot 1200 6.5 7,800
Stephenson Road 12 W 1200 6.5 7,800
Old Ferguson Road 2500 6.5 16,250
Total 9,400 nil 61,100
Spot Repairs and Microsurfacing (MS) improvements
  • Applies a thin layer of polymer-modified asphalt tar to surface of road
  • Fills in small areas such as ruts
  • Provides a water tight seal and gives road surface better ride condition

Storm Sewer improvements

Specific storm sewer improvement project details coming soon.

Crack sealing program

A cost effective pavement preservation strategy. Crack sealing provides a waterproof seal where cracks in the road surface have formed. To help withstand the cold and hot weather changes, a hot polymer/rubberized product is used. When fully cured, it can keep a tight seal in the crack of the road.

Cracks in pavement let moisture and other elements penetrate the road base. This can lead to further cracking, potholes, or eventually pavement breakdown.

Pavement edging and preservation program

Pavement edging is a new program for Huntsville that involves placing hot asphalt along deteriorating road edges. This provides a safer condition on the road for drivers and pedestrians, and helps extend the life of roads that are in good condition.

Pavement preservation helps maximize the life expectancy of existing road structures. This is all about timing of maintenance and rehabilitation efforts on both good roads and those that need improvement. 

Roads that have been edged or preserved, may be considered for surface treating in the near future. This could include:

  • a new waterproof seal
  • a top course wearing surface (gives a more comfortable ride)
2021 Slurry Seal (CRF)
Road NameLength (m)Width (m)Area (m2)
North Drive 2200 6.5 14,300
South Drive 1300 6.5 8,450
Allensville Road 1000 6.5 6,500
North Lancelot 1200 6.5 7,800
Stephenson Road 12 W 1200 6.5 7,800
Old Ferguson Road 2500 6.5 16,250
Total 9,400 nil 61,100

 

2021 Asphalt Rejuvenation (Reclamite)
Road NameLength (m)Width (m)Area (m2)
Knotty Pine 310  7.6 2,356
Heritage Crescent 225  7.6  1,508 
Beechwood  275  7.6  2,090 
Crestview  220  7.6  1,672 
Kirby's Way  330  6.7  2,211 
Kendra Crescent  365  6.7  2,446 
Clubhouse  490  6.8  3,332 
St. Andrew  330  2,640 
St. Georges  365  6.8  2,482
Deerfoot  3000  9.5  28,500 
Nature's Way 1000  7.2  7,200 
Birchwood  600  3,600 
Royal Oak  800  7.2  5,760 
Hawk Ridge 300 7.2  2,160 
Old Hemlock 400 6 2,400
Total 9,010 nil 72,757

Road shouldering and ditching program

Improvements made to road shouldering and ditching help the overall performance of a road. 

  • Road shoulders help stabilize the edge of the road as they are often used for emergency stopping or pull-over areas.
  • Roadside ditches collect water runoff and provide necessary drainage area too. 

When road shoulders are properly graded, surface water runoff is able to drain to the roadside ditches properly. This reduces the amount of standing water on the road and alongside the road.

Speed radar program

A new program to bring awareness to motorists of their current driving speed as it relates to the closest speed limit sign. This program includes:

  • Monitoring driving speeds on various roads throughout the Town.

Data from this program is used to determine if speed enforcement may be required.

Urban renewal program

Repairing various sections of roads in the Huntsville urban areas. Generally these areas require restoration of the top surface of the road. Program includes:

  • Pulverizing with Hot Mix Overlay (PR1) involves milling off of the top 25mm to 50mm of deteriorated road surface. Placing a new hot mix asphalt surface.
  • Hot Mix Overlay (R1) involves the placement of 55mm of hot mix asphalt or various thicknesses directly over a hardtop road.

Year-round maintenance initiatives

Ongoing or year-round maintenance is a major function of the Public Works department, such as:

  • brushing and tree maintenance
  • pothole repairs
  • traffic warning and regulatory signs
  • various culvert replacements
  • wash-out road restorations
  • winter road maintenance

These areas are monitored in addition to the areas within the capital road resurfacing and rehabilitation program.

Visit the road and sidewalk seasonal maintenance page for full details.

To report any road deficiencies such as potholes, please submit a road question or concern, or call 705-789-1751 option 5.

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Roads and infrastructure are considered to be among the top priorities for the Town. This is outlined in the Strategic Plan 2017 and Beyond.