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

What roads will be treated with BS or DST?

  • Fowlers Road (from Ravenscliffe Rd to 100m north of Old North Rd)
  • Old North Road (from Fowlers Rd to North Waseosa Lake Rd)
  • Skyhills Road (from Line Hill Rd to West limits)


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.

What roads will be treated with G?

  • North Deer Lake Road (from Deer Lake Rd to east limits)
  • Old Schoolhouse Road (from Old North Rd to south limits)
  • Kay Road (from Deer Lake Rd to west limits)
  • Hughes Road (from Clearwater Lake Rd to west limits)
  • Parsons Lane (from Mineral Springs Rd to south limits)
  • Briesacher Road (from South Waseosa Lake Rd to west limits)


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.

What roads will be treated with PR1 or R1?

  • Lindgren Road West (from Highway 11 to Bickley Ford)
  • Riverside Drive (from Brunel Rd to Riverside Dr)
  • Lawrence Avenue (from Riverside Dr to south)
  • Caroline Street (from Caroline St to North Fetterly St)
  • Centre Street (from Mary St to Veterans Way)
  • Other urban roads to be determined


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?

  • Gryffin Lodge Road (from Hares Rd to south limits)

  • Penfold Lake Road (from Stephenson Rd 12 to east limits)
  • Allensville Road (from hwy 11 to Old Muskoka Rd)
  • Domtar Road (from Old Muskoka Rd to train tracks)
  • Fowlers Road (from Old North Rd to 100m north)


Spot Repairs and Microsurfacing (MS) improvements

New program. 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.

What roads will be treated with spot repairs or MS?

  • Echo Bay Road (from South Fairy Lake Rd to east limits)
  • Hillcrest Road (from Brunel Rd to South Fairy Lake Rd)
  • South Fairy Lake Road (from Brunel Rd to Riverside Dr) 

Storm Sewer improvements

What roads will receive storm sewer improvements?

  • Caroline Street (from Caroline St to North Fetterly St)
  • Centre Street (from Mary St to Veterans Way)

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)

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.