Roads and Sidewalks

Road Surface Maintenance

The safety of our roads and infrastructure is very important to us. If you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact us.

The purpose of road surface maintenance is to repair and respond to road surface deficiencies before they cause larger and more costly repairs. 

The Township of Tay is responsible for the maintenance of most of the roads within the Township. However, there are a few county and provincial roads that pass through Tay.

The County of Simcoe is responsible for the following roads: 

  • Old Fort Road 
  • Vasey Road 

To report any concerns related to these roads, please see the County's website link above or contact the County of Simcoe at 705-726-9300. 

The Ministry of Transportation is responsible for the following roads which are currently maintained by Fowler Construction

  • Highway 12
  • Highway 93
  • Highway 400

To report any concerns for these roads, please see website links above or contact Fowler Construction at 1-800-268-7687. 

Active Construction Projects

See dropdowns for details regarding Active Construction Projects within the Township. 

Crews are working to clear trees and debris from the First Ave Outfall to improved drainage in the area. 

A second entrance to Talbot Park and the Tay Community Rink is being added. Included in this project, will be some tree clearing operations and culvert installation to aid in drainage. 

We are currently undergoing ditching operations in various locations throughout the Township to aid in water drainage. You may see colourful line markings on the road and/ or boulevard in front of your property. These are locate markings to locate utility lines when digging. 

Road Improvement Program

The Road Improvement Program is part of the Township's Long-Term Plan, helping to ensure a timely, sustainable and economically responsible approach to maintaining and replacing local roadways throughout the Township. In order to determine the appropriate timing of such works, Staff provide Council the distance, traffic counts and other considerations for each of these road sections:

2023 Road Program

Road From To
Sandhill (2300m)    
Fesserton Side Road Township boundary Sandhill
Forget Road (2400m) Old Penetanguishene Road Elliott Side Road
Hogg Valley (2840m) Reeves Road Gervais Road
Albert Street Bay Street John Dillingno

The 2024 Road Program under review. 

What is a pot hole? 

A pot hole is a type of failure in a road surface that typically is caused by a combination of traffic and water saturating the soil material under the road.

On a paved road during a freeze thaw cycle, the water will expand causing the road to crack. This then allows more water to enter the base material causing further loss of material. Eventually, the asphalt layer over these divots collapses, creating potholes. Similarly, a gravel road may become saturated with water and as vehicles travel over the surface the finer materials in the gravel are lost allowing a pot hole to develop.

Who is responsible for repairing pot holes? 

The responsibility to ensure roads are in a good state of repair is Township of Tay. Roads are classified (Class 1 to 5) based on traffic volumes and speed. Each class of road has a specified number of days in which to make repairs.

To report a pothole in need of repair. Please reach out to the Operational Services Department with the following information: 

  • Name of street
  • Street number if possible
  • Cross street, if applicable 
  • Size of pothole

If you believe you have damages from a pot hole, please refer to the information at the bottom of this page to submit a pot hole claim. 

Patching pothole and cracks with cold mix or hot mix asphalt to repair minor damage

  • Should you notice a pothole that needs immediate attention, please contact Operational Services at 705-534-7248 x230 and provide the following information to assist crews in locating the pothole:

    • Name of street
    • Direction and lane (i.e., northbound, right lane)
    • Address of the closest building to pothole
    • Cross street information, if available
    • Size of pothole

Shoulder grading involves building up gravel shoulders with new materials so they meet the slope of the asphalt. It is also used to remove potholes or rutting that may occur from time to time.

Grading gravel roads is required to establish and maintain proper crown and aid in roadway drainage. Grading is used to prevent and repair washouts, potholes and washboards that may form. Grading typically occurs in the spring and fall ( when there is moisture present) to aid in dust control and compaction of the material for a smoother traveling surface.

Gravel roads within the municipality typically receive maintenance gravel every other year as required. The application of maintenance gravel ensures a consistent travelling surface and that a proper road structure is in place to support vehicles.

Dust control is applied in the spring after the roads have been graded and proper crown and drainage has been achieved. Typically the dust suppressant applied is calcium chloride, which binds the dust to the gravel providing longer lasting dust control.

Washout and base repairs occur to roads that have been damaged due to heavy rains or flooding.

Roadside Maintenance

The purpose of roadside maintenance is to keep roadside areas in a tidy and safe condition. Roadside operations consist of:

Mowing to improve roadside visibility and control weeds and tree growth.

  • Removing trees and tree limbs that pose hazard to the public or obstruct visibility.

Removing and maintaining the right of way; this may include brush trimming and removal, either through the use of a brush head or boom mowers, or selective maintenance using chainsaws. Brush removal results in better visibility and roadside operations.

Picking up illegally dumped garbage including litter tossed from vehicles.

Removing dead animals found on municipal roadways.

 Roadside spraying is used on the trail and at guardrails for Hog Weed. 

Please note: The township does not spray for poison ivy. 

Street Sweeping

Street sweeping occurs in the spring after the winter maintenance season has ended (typically the middle of April), and removes dirt and debris that has accumulated through the winter season. Street Sweeping is a multistep process. Township roads crew perform a first pass on municipal roads to collect accumulated sand and debris.  A second pass is then completed by a contractor to remove any leftover sand and fine materials. This second pass may not immediately follow the first pass.

This year (2024) Spring Street Sweeping will start in Victoria Harbour with Port McNicoll to follow, and will finish in Waubaushene. Please note that rotation changes every year. Street sweeping will take place starting March 25, 2024 (weather permitting).

Other Maintenance

The purpose of drainage and structure maintenance is to prevent flooding by directing surface water to appropriately maintained outlets such as culverts, ditches, bridges, and catch basins, and storm water management ponds.

Digging and maintaining roadside ditches prevent flooding and erosion. This maximizes drainage while maintaining erosion control.

In accordance with the Ontario Standards for bridges, all structures are inspected bi-annually for safety and in accordance with the Ontario Structure Inspection Manual.

This work involves repairing and installing culverts that carry water under roadways.

Driveway culverts are the responsibility of the homeowner to repair & replace if damaged. However, the township will flush and clear culverts if there is a blockage. 

Inspecting, cleaning, and repairing of catch basins and maintenance holes that carry roadway drainage.

Sidewalks are inspected each summer for hazards and damage; replacement of damaged sidewalk panels typically takes place in the fall.

All signs are inspected yearly for reflectivity and stability of the posts and mounting hardware. Signs are replaced as needed base on inspections and ongoing monitoring.

Streetlight functions are reviewed yearly (typically at night in the fall) to ensure all streetlights are functioning properly. Streetlights that are not functioning can be reported to the municipality by calling 705-534-7248.

In accordance with the Ontario Minimum Maintenance Standards, all roads within the municipality are patrolled based on the road classification which determines the frequency based on speed and volume. During road patrol, numerous roadway characteristics are monitored to ensure a safe and efficient transportation system.

The municipality has a program in place to refresh and maintain pavement markings. Line Painting typically occurs in the spring after street sweeping activities have been completed and the temperature and weather are consistently above 10 degrees Celsius..

If your vehicle inadvertently drives over the fresh undried paint, paint may end up on the vehicle. In the unfortunate event this occurs, please be advised due to insurance laws, Tay Township does not directly pay any claims related to vehicle damage. It is recommended that you submit a claim through your insurance and they will review and assign fault as appropriate.

Starting in the spring and running to the fall the municipality undertakes a traffic counting program. This program provides valuable information to staff regarding changes to vehicle volumes and is used to review roadway classifications as it pertains to the minimum maintenance standards.

Submitting a pot hole claim? 

When making a claim against the Township of Tay for pothole damages, it is important to note that the Township will not be responsible for your property damage if it has met the Provincial "Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways" (MMS), Ontario Regulation 239/02: MINIMUM MAINTENANCE STANDARDS FOR MUNICIPAL HIGHWAYS, as amended by Ontario Regulation 366/18.

You are required to submit a claim within 10 days of the date of the incident.

You can print and fill out this form and return it to the Drop Box located outside the front doors of our Municipal Office located at 450 Park Street, Victoria Harbour.

What if your claim is denied? 

If records show that MMS service levels were met, your claim will be denied. The Town will outline the results of the investigation in a letter and provide you with the report that justifies the denial.

It is important to know that the majority of property damage claims made against the Township of Tay are denied as the Township regularly meets or exceeds the standard levels of service.

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