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Public Works Department

The Township of Seguin is responsible for the maintenance of over 290 km of roads over 700 sq km. The majority (3/4) of these roads are gravel, while the remaining are surface treated. The Township strives to maintain these roadways to the highest standard, and encourages feedback from our residents.  Should you encounter pot holes, a fallen tree, or otherwise bad road conditions, please call during regular business hours (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM) at 705-732-4300, or after hours at 705-751-0050.

We appreciate your support as we strive to serve you better.

Public Safety Message - Driving on Seguin Roads

Sign-slow-down-for-wildlifeAs "the natural place to be", Seguin Township is home to a wide assortment of spectacular wildlife. During the summer months, many of our wildlife species are quite active.  Several sightings have been made of fox dens and beaver dams, along with reports of deer and moose running across the roads.  As the weather warms, animal signings increase. Be sure to remind your children not to touch any wild animals, keep your pets away from any known wildlife habitats, and do not feed the bears. We also ask that you please be diligent and use caution as you drive through our roads, particularly in heavily forested areas. Many animals, including deer, moose and fox tend to be most active and visible on our roads at dusk (sunset) and dawn (sunrise).

In the event that you hit an animal, please call Seguin Public Works at: 705-732-4300 or after hours at 705-751-0050 so the animal can be safely removed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Entrance Permits 

An Entrance Permit is required if you want to:

  • Construct a new entrance to your property that fronts onto a Municipal Road
  • Make any changes to an existing entrance that fronts onto a Municipal Road

Permit Application Procedure:

  • Entrance Permit Applications are available on line or from the Public Works Department.
  • The proposed entrance must be accurately sketched on the application and it must be staked out in the field by the Applicant.
  • All Associated fee's must be submitted with the completed application.
  • Entrances must be constructed to our Municipal Standard.
  • For detailed information on the process and requirements please refer to Schedule 'A' of By-Law 2009-042.

Where to Submit the Permit Application

  • Completed Applications are to be submitted to the Township office via one of the following ways:
  • Fax
  • E-mail publicworks@seguin.ca
  • In person or by regular mail - 5 Humphrey Drive, Seguin, ON P2A 2W8 
Load Restrictions 

2022 Load Restrictions (1/2 Load) for Seguin Roads

Load Restrictions will begin on March 7, 2022 and will end on Monday, May 16, 2022.


As outlined in By-law No. 2018-108, reduced loads may be in effect on all roads under the jurisdiction of Seguin Township at any time as deemed necessary by the Director of Public Works. Please refer to By-law No. 2018-108, Schedule "A" for exempted roads. 


In the spring, as temperatures increase and the road bed melts, moisture in the road bed is trapped between the road surface and a frozen road bed, and cannot adequately drain. This causes the road bed to become soft and not able to carry the full loads of commercial vehicles.

 
½ load restrictions reduce the weight per vehicle axle to 5 tonnes per axle.

These restrictions reduce the damage to road surfaces and road maintenance, saving valuable tax dollars.

 

Load Restrictions - Exemption

In order to accommodate commerce and support the construction industry, contractors may request an exemption from the load restrictions. An authorized exemption form is required. The completed form must be returned in a timely manner to the Public Works Department (publicworks@seguin.ca ).

 

Note: All local cement companies have been advised of our upcoming ½ load restrictions and will require an exemption from the Township before delivering.

 

Please note that exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis and are approved at the discretion of the Director of Public Works.

 

Note to Contractors

We urge you to contact our Public Works Department (publicworks@seguin.ca) and advise us of any projects that could be affected by load restrictions. Our aim is to try and accommodate for these situations before costly damage occurs to our roadways. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q- Why are half load restrictions applied?

A – In the winter, frost is driven down into the road beds due to traffic and no snow cover (snow cover would insulate the road from frost penetration). It can freeze as deep as 1 meter below the road surface. In the spring, when temperatures rise above zero, the top portion of the road surface melts, but still remains frozen below the surface. As the melted ice (water) increases in the road bed, it has no way of draining through the ice, so the road bed becomes soft. If heavy trucks drive on the road at this critical time, large wheel ruts can be created and the road surface can be damaged. The half load season is applied to control the weight of equipment on the roads during this critical transition season.

Parking 

Prohibited Parking

Schedule I of Consolidated By-Law No. 2005-164 (as amended by By-Laws No. 2006-112, 2009-081 and 2010-081) lists specific areas in Seguin Township where it has been deemed necessary to prohibit parking at all times.

Winter Parking

As outlined in the above-noted By-Law, in order to facilitate the process of snow removal, parking is prohibited on all township maintained roadways and fire routes from November 1st of each year to April 15th of the following year.

Recreational Parking Areas

Seguin Township takes prides in having extensive trail systems and beautiful water front parks for people to enhance their recreation and leisure experiences. Free Parking is available in the following locations across the Township:

Year Round:

Winter Use - Day Time only:

Plow Routes

Plowing

Plowing operations follow previously established routes. These routes were designed to consider the best service for all residents. As a minimum, plow routes and priorities are established using the Minimum Maintenance Standards set out by the Ministry of Transportation, of which Seguin Township strives to exceed. As well, school bus routes and other public service providers are a priority when establishing these routes.

Sanding / Salting

Sanding of roads is done to help mitigate slippery conditions. Critical areas, such as hills, curves, bridges, intersections, and approaches to railways crossings will receive top priority and are sanded as required.

Seguin Township is continually modifying operating procedures to minimize salt usage. Straight salt is only used sparingly on hard top roads when significant icy conditions exist.

Road Closures & Service Disruptions 

As of October 4, 2021: MTO has announced that Hwy 518 between South Seguin Estates Road and Nipissing Road East/West is now open - 1 lane with lights for traffic control.

 

October 12 to November 9, 2021: MTO road closure on Hwy 141 scheduled for culvert repairs, spanning Rosseau Lake Road 2 to the Skeleton Bay Boat Launch, Muskoka Lakes. This is not Seguin project, however it may directly impact Seguin residents within the vicinity.

Read the news release from Fowler Construction here. For the latest information on highway closures and construction, the public can call 511 (MTO’s Road Information Line) or check www.ontario.ca/511.

Studies and Reports 

Available Studies and Reports:

 The following Reports or Studies are available at the Municipal Office.

  • Performance Monitoring and Site Evaluation of the Seguin Landfill Site
  • Roads Needs Study

 External Reports and Studies Related to Transportation in our area:

Submit a Road Inquiry

Public Works After Hours Emergency Line (705) 751-0050

Seguin Township accepts the following concerns after hours:

  • Trees or any other obstruction blocking Township roadways.
  • Missing stop signs.
  • Road washouts.
  • Flooded roads.
  • Large potholes on roadways.
  • Icy roads or intersections.

Seguin Township wants to know if there is a road that needs some attention. Please send us an email, publicworks@seguin.ca so we are aware of your concerns. 

IMPORTANT! Please note that the Township of Seguin does not maintain or repair Provincial highway roads or signage (400, 518, 632, 141, 612, Lake Joseph Rd/Old 69).  Should you encounter issues on any of our provincial highways within Seguin Township, please call MTO's NE Regional Office at 705-491-0034.

Winter Control 

Seguin Township is responsible for maintaining year round, public roadways and sidewalks under its jurisdiction. Plowing and sanding operations begin with the first significant snowfall and operators follow pre established plow routes. Throughout the winter season road conditions and weather are regularly monitored to assist in the safe and timely maintenance of our roadways. The Township strives to exceed the minimum maintenance standards, as set out by the Ministry of Transportation.

Damage to Private Property

On occasion a snow plow will damage property. Mailboxes have been particularly susceptible to this damage. If your mailbox has been damaged, please contact the Public Works Department so we can arrange an inspection and a course of action.

What can you do to help?

  • Under the Highway Traffic Act, section 181, residents are not allowed to deposit snow on the roadway. When clearing snow, please pile it on your property and refrain from shoveling it onto the sidewalk, road or across the road into the ditches.
  • Adhere to the winter parking Consolidated By-Law No. 2005-164 (as amended by By-Laws No. 2010-081 & 2012-087) 
  • Report any slippery or dangerous conditions to the Public Works Department

Safety Tips

  • Always drive according to conditions
  • Keep a safe distance from plow trucks - If you can't see the mirrors, they can't see you!
  • Never tailgate a plow truck - This is especially dangerous on a hill, they can slip too!

For a comprehensive page on winter driving safety please refer to the Ministry of Transportation website

Construction Projects

Capital Projects planned for 2021 as approved by Council include:

  • James Bay Junction Road - CN train crossings reconstruction (2 locations)
  • Walters Lane - Ditching and Surface Treatment
  • Salmon Lake Road - Slurry Seal existing Surface Treatment
  • Schmidt Circle & Shady Lane - Upgrade from seasonal road to year round road
  • Islandview Road - Upgrade from seasonal road to year round road
  • Morgan Bay Road - Finish 2020 guide rails and upgrade to year round road

Additional (non project) road works are also scheduled for this year. Subscribe to receive email updates of this page by clicking the link "Receive Email Updates..." below. Thank you.

Updated: July19, 2021

Off Road Vehicles including ATVs on Municipal Roads 
By-law No. 2015-076, Being a By-law to permit and regulate the operation of "Off- Road Vehicles' (ORV's) on highways under the jurisdiction of The Corporation of the Township of Seguin. Council enacted By-law No. 2015-076 on September 21st, 2015, which permits the operation of Off Road Vehicles as defined in the By-law to operate on all Township roads (highways) as defined in the By-law. This By-law also repealed the previous By-laws regulating ATV's and Off Road Vehicles enacted by Township of Seguin Council. 

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