Roads and Public Works
The Roads Department maintains 304.5 km of roadway within the Municipality of Dysart et al. Of this, 280 km is hard topped surface and 24.5 km is a gravel surface. Within our municipality there are roadways which receive maintenance year round; some only seasonally and many other private roads are maintained either by individuals or an association of property owners.
MAINTENANCE of municipal roadways is a year round activity. During the winter, we have an experienced day crew in charge of snow removal and sanding/salting. The frequency of winter road clearing is dependendent on a number of factors including anticipated snowfall accumulation rates within a given period of time. Our winter roads clearing staff regularly work Monday to Friday, but road conditions are monitored through patrolmen throughout the weekend and crews are called in during periods of heavy accumulation over the weekends in accordance with policy.
During the warmer weather, our dedicated team of workers can be seen leveling out the gravel roads with the grader, repairing the surfaces of hardtopped roads as they wear, ditching for storm water drainage, cleaning out culverts, mowing and brushing the road sides, providing dust control, repairing shoulders, maintaining bridges and catch basins, street sweeping in designated areas and overall providing professional traffic control at all road construction sites.
LOAD RESTRICTIONS are in effect from March 1 to May 15th under By-law 2000-27 as a means to try to protect the integrity of the roads during the spring thaw. Please keep this time period in mind if you are planning to get your load of logs or building supplies delivered to your property in the spring.
OBSTRUCTION OF WINTER MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES is addressed by By-Law 2010-42, which states that: “No person shall park or stand a vehicle in such a manner as to interfere with the movement of traffic, the clearing of snow, or the sanding and maintenance of a highway.” The fine associated with this offence is $200.00 and your vehicle may be towed away.
ENTRANCE PERMIT Applications for Dysart municipal entrance permits are available through the Municipal Office or by visiting the link on the sidebar. Work on the construction or alteration of an entrance must not be started until an entrance permit for the work has been issued. The application must be accompanied by a drawing, clearly showing the work to be carried out on the entrance and all other features in the entrance area, such as the edge of the road, existing ditch, trees, shrubs and visible utility locations.
Temporary Road Closures may be required for such things as road repairs, parades, street fairs, etc. and are subject to approval from Council. A Parade Request Form must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk who coordinates the approval process. This form can be obtained by using the link on the sidebar. Please ensure adequate time to process the request and obtain necessary approvals through Council.
The Department also coordinates the design, engineering, and implementation of special projects such as the recent Streetscape reconstruction of both York Street and Highland Street. These projects have added significantly to the aesthetics and accessibility of the downtown area.
The Haliburton Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is located in Haliburton. The original STP and collection system, including four pumping stations, were constructed in 1975 to service the Village of Haliburton. In 1983, a study was prepared to extend the sewage collection system to several resorts located along the north shore of Lake Kashagawigamog. In 1985, approval was applied for to construct the North Kashagawigamog sewer extension, but prior to granting approval the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) required a capacity study to be conducted on the existing STP. The capacity study concluded that the existing STP did not have sufficient capacity to accommodate the anticipated future flow from the town and the extended service areas, and therefore recommended an expansion to the existing STP.
The expansion of the Haliburton STP required a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to be conducted, which began in May 1988. The Class EA process was completed and a design for the expanded STP was finalized in 1994. Construction for the expansion began in 1994 and the new facilities were commissioned in 1995. Following the completion of the upgraded STP work began on the installation of the new collection system which included various sizes of gravity collection systems and seven pumping stations. An eighth pumping station was constructed and commissioned in late 2004.