Public Works

Public Works

The Township of Zorra is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Visit our COVID-19 page for regular updates.

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Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for all Township roads, including construction projects and ongoing maintenance work. 

This department maintains the 85 kilometres of paved roads, 424 kilometres of gravel roads, 64 culverts and 74 bridges within the Township’s boundaries. 

Maintenance of roadways is an ongoing program which includes such activities as grading, snow removal, salting & sanding, gravel resurfacing, dust layering, ditching, tree removal, grass cutting, sign and culvert installations, and debris pick up. 

The Department’s goal is to keep the Township’s roadways in good repair to ensure the safety of our residents and the travelling public.

The Public Works Department operates two patrol yards in the Township, located in Embro and Kintore.  Click here to view a map of Patrol Service Areas.

In 2008, Council made a resolution adopting a Design Manual for the Township of Zorra dated 2000, which was prepared by Spriet Associates.  Review the Design Manual.

A Roads Condition Study was completed in 2016 and submitted to Council for information in early 2017.  View the report here.

Traffic Calming

The purpose of the Traffic Calming Policy is to provide Township staff, the public, and Council with a systematic procedure for the initiation, investigation, and implementation of traffic calming measures within residential neighbourhoods on collector and local roads. This policy does not apply to arterial roads because typically they are intended to serve higher traffic volumes and higher speeds, and usually correspond to roads under the jurisdiction of Oxford County. Traffic calming can be a contentious subject and should be dealt with in a clear, concise, and transparent manner that will meet the needs and expectations of the community. While some residents perceive that they already have the solutions to traffic issues in their neighbourhood, studies across North America have shown that using the wrong tool to address a traffic issue often does not solve the problem, and could also result in creating additional safety issues in the area. Our Traffic Calming Measures policy defines what traffic calming is and how to properly address these types of concerns. Because traffic calming measures have a direct impact on neighbourhoods and the residents living in them, public participation and community support for the traffic calming measure is highly important. Resident communication, support and feedback is included throughout the process. This public participation allows residents to voice their support and concerns for the Township’s consideration in traffic calming measures. It also provides staff with the opportunity to explain to residents the benefits of traffic calming measures, while deterring them from less effective countermeasures. Council approved the Township of Zorra Traffic Calming Policy and Guide at the November 18, 2020 meeting. 

Traffic Calming Guide

Traffic Calming Policy

Visit Forms Page to complete the Traffic Calming Form 

Road Needs Study 2019

At the October 23, 2019 Special Council meeting, Council was presented with the Road Needs Study 2019 report prepared by D.M. Wills Associates Limited. Related documents are available for viewing by clicking the links below.

Road Needs Study Final

Presentation to Council

Staff Report

A recommendation that came out of this study was an adjustment to gravel schedules. Staff report addressing this item is available here.

Robinson Gravel Pit

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The purchase of the Robinson Pit by the Township of Zorra has proven to be a prudent financial investment. The administrative cost per tonne of gravel is $0.40 based on a supply of 4,000,000 tonnes during the life of this pit. This included the land purchase of the pit; legal and consulting costs and opening costs from 2004-2010. It does not include the costs of processing or transporting gravel which is allocated to the specific end use of the material removed from the pit.

The material extracted to date has been of excellent quality. We apply maintenance gravel to our gravel roads alternating between the north and south end of the Township each year. This uses approximately 55,000 tonnes of Crushed Gravel each year. We also supply Township road construction and maintenance projects carried out with our staff and equipment. 

We have scheduled gravel crushing each year to have the necessary stockpile for the following years’ usage. With the gravel available, we can begin our maintenance gravelling as soon as weather permits following the lifting of the half-load season in May of each year.

Any questions regarding the Robinson Gravel Pit may be directed to the Director of Public Works at 519-485-2490 ext 7227.

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image of gravel pit
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Annual Monitoring Report

Reports related to the Robinson Pit are available for review by clicking on the links below.

Robinson Pit Reports
2019 Annual Well Monitoring Report
Compliance Assessment Report 2020
Inspection Report under the Aggregate Resource Act 2019-10-22
MNRF Response Letter 2019-11-09
2020 Annual Report to Council