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Public Works & Operations

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The Township of Augusta Public Works Department maintains approximately 200 km of roads and sidewalks and 6 bridges.

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville maintains all of the County roads within the Township.  These include:

County Road 2 (Brockville to Prescott, a.k.a. Highway 2)
County Road 6 (Brockville to North Augusta)
County Road 15 (Maitland to Merrickville, a.k.a. the Maitland/Merrickville Rd.)
County Road 18 (Prescott to Oxford Mills)
County Road 21 (North Augusta to Spencerville)
County Road 26 (a.k.a. 3rd Concession)
County Road 31 (County Road 2 to County Road 26, a.k.a. Blue Church Road)

Should you have questions or concerns regarding these roads, please contact the County at (613) 342-3840 ext. 2413.

Plowing/Winter Road Conditions

During the winter season, Public Works staff monitor weather conditions through road patrols and local forecasts to strategically dispatch crews to clear roads and ensure safety for our community.

Residents need to be aware when plowing/shoveling their driveways/mailbox area that according to By-Law 3136-2014 and the Highway Traffic Act it is illegal to deposit snow on ANY roadway as it poses a hazard for drivers/pedestrians.

The By-Law states: “No person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway without permission in writing to do so from the Ministry or the road authority responsible for the maintenance to the road. Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 199, c. H.8, s. 181.”

Winter Parking Restrictions

Also according to By-Law 3136-2014 “No person shall park a vehicle between the hours of 2300 hours (11:00 p.m.) to 0700 hours (7:00 a.m.) during the period from November 15 to March 31 inclusive upon any highway or boulevard under the jurisdiction of the Township of Augusta.”

Entrances & Culverts

As per Township By-Law 3177-2015, ALL entrance ways must be approved by the Township BEFORE installation.  You can download the application HERE.  If you live on a County road, it must be sent to and approved by the County.  You can find their application HERE.

Civic Numbers

All properties are to have a civic number (911#) to assist Emergency Services and Utility Companies in finding you.  If you do not already have a civic number you can apply for one at the township office.  You can download the application form HERE.

If your sign or post is damaged/stolen you can apply for a new one.  Replacement signs are $25 each and replacement posts are $25 each.  The same application form is required.

Mailboxes

Mailboxes are not to be located closer than 5 m (16.5 ft.) from the center of the road. This set-back is required to allow the snowplow wing to pass the post without the truck being forced to cross the centerline of the road.cover of the Rural route delivery pamphlet from Canada post

The bottom of the box is not to be less than 105 cm (3.5 ft.) above the level of the shoulder to permit the passage of the plow wing below the box.

Check out  By-Law 3184-2015 for all mailbox regulations and/or the Rural Route Delivery pamphlet from Canada Post.

Gravel Roads & Dust Suppressant

Of the approximate 200 km of roads this Department maintains, 86 km of that is gravel.  In the late spring – once the 1/2 load restrictions are lifted – the Township posts a tender and contracts out the laying of new gravel for these roads.  Once the fresh gravel has been laid, trucks follow and spray dust suppressant (calcium).

 

Pitch In Day     pitch in logo

A volunteer road side clean-up program is held every spring.  On Pitch In Day, volunteers start as early as they wish and finish by noon.  Lunch is then provided at the Grenville Fish & Game Club. Bag pick up starts at 1 pm. Keep watch on our website and on our Facebook page for when Pitch In Day will be.  Thank you again to all of our volunteers for their continued dedication to keeping Augusta Clean & Green.

Noxious Weeds (Wild Parsnip)

Every spring, the Township contracts the County of Leeds & Grenville to spray our ditches for noxious weeds – particularly wild parsnip.

Wild parsnip has a chemical that causes phytophotodermatitis (inflammation [itis] of the skin [derm] induced by a plant [phyto] with the help of sunlight [photo]).  The skin feels like it has being scalded.  It wild parsnipreddens and then a day or two later after sun exposure it blisters.  More sensitive areas like the face, neck, arms, torso and legs are most vulnerable.  The blister then rupture and the skin begins to heal.  The discolouration of the skin where the burn occurred however can last for as long as two years.

For more information on wild parsnip, how to identify it, roadside spraying and the MSDS for the spray being used please follow the links below:

Wild Parsnip Fact Sheet

UCLG Wild Parsnip Management

UCLG Road Side Spraying

Herbicide Material Safety Data Sheet

 

If you spot wild parsnip on your property or have questions or concerns please contact the Counties Noxious & Nuisance Weed Control Office at 613-342-3840 ext. 2413.

 

If you have any questions regarding Public Works, you can contact our Operations and Fire Coordinator at (613) 925-4231 ext. 101.