Public Works & Utilities

Public works is responsible for maintaining and repairing Town owned infrastructure.

Core functions include:

  1. Roadwork planning and construction, identifying street construction or repairs, as well as coordinating the pavement management program;
  2. Maintaining traffic lights, illuminated crosswalks and streetlights;
  3. Maintenance, snow removal and ice control for streets and sidewalks;
  4. Installation and maintenance of traffic signs;
  5. Repairs and maintenance to water and sewer systems;
  6. Management and control of water quality and water distribution network;
  7. Maintenance of water pumping stations, water reservoirs and sanitary sewer pumping stations;
  8. Management of water meter program and annual flushing of water distribution system;
  9. Responsible for street marking; and
  10. General municipal facilities maintenance.

The Town’s planning, engineering and public works functions work together to provide Renfrew with services day-in and day-out that sustain our community's high quality of life.

Road Services

The Town of Renfrew builds and maintains extensive road, sidewalk and other transportation network infrastructure so that traffic - pedestrians, motorists and cyclists - can move safely and efficiently around the community.
Public Works helps ensure a safe and reliable road network by:

  1. Maintaining roads, alleys, sidewalks, curbs and gutters;
  2. Sweeping streets;
  3. Providing snow and ice removal; and
  4. Maintaining and installing traffic and pedestrian signals, signs and line markings.

Salting/Sanding

Town crews address icy roads and intersections in the following order:

  1. Major (Lighted) Intersections & School Crossings
  2. Primary Intersections - with a high volume of traffic
  3. Residential Streets

Salting and sanding trucks are dispatched at the first sign of roads beginning to ice.

Snow Removal On Roadways

In order to keep our community as safe as possible when snow removal is taking place, Renfrew’s streets are prioritized using pre-determined criteria.

  1. Highways & Arterial Roads - Primary streets with greatest volume of traffic are plowed first to ensure access to vital Town infrastructure and community services.
  2. Collector Roads - Secondary - These roads connect to arterials and include bus routes and school zones.
  3. Residential Streets

No person shall park a vehicle or permit a vehicle to remain parked on any municipal parking lot or a street/highway between 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from December 1 to March 31.  Vehicles parked on any street during these hours are subject to a fine.  Further, if the vehilce restricts winter maintenance operations it will be towed away at the owner's expense.

Street Sweeping

Each year, the Town removes dirt and debris left on roads from the winter through a spring cleanup program. This cleanup typically takes place in May, once snow and ice have melted off for the season. Periodic street sweeping continues over the summer/early fall months.

Road Improvements

Follow the Town’s planned roadwork each year on our Capital Improvement Plan.

Process for Determining, Which Roads are Repaired First
The Town’s roads are regularly assessed for surface distress and structural integrity. Once assessments have been done, the results are reviewed and priorities are set based on the following:

  1. The remaining useful life of a pavement section;
  2. The best methods for maintaining or rehabilitating road sections;
  3. Anticipated costs and budget amounts;
  4. Cost-effective approaches which may include accessing other available funding; and
  5. The integration of a project with other existing - or future - work.

It's important to note that while one road may appear to be in worse shape than another, there are many factors that need to be considered before the Town decides which roads receive work.


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