Road Maintenance

Beaver County Council adopted a new Roadway Maintenance Level of Service Policy at its regular meeting on February 15, 2012. The intent of the Policy is to provide direction and guidance in the effort to maintain the County's roadway infrastructure to a standard which is commensurate with its intended purpose and within a responsible fiscal framework.  

The Policy outlines the types of roads in the County - resource, main collector, minor collector, local, machinery / access, undeveloped roadways / road allowances - and provides guidelines for their maintenance. Here is an example of some of ways the County will endeavour to maintain developed roadways to the highest level possible:

 

Road 
Category

Road Surface Width
(Metres)

Grading

Gravelling

Upgrading-Renovation

 Brushing  Roadside Mowing

Resource Roads

8 - 10

Once every 10 days or as required

150 tonne/km, every 1 - 3 years or as required

Shoulder Pulls as required. Road rebuild as necessary.

 Maintain 20-30 m right of way  Once annually

Main Collector

7 - 9

Once every 10 days or as required

150 tonne/km, every 1 - 3 years or as required

Shoulder Pulls as required. Road rebuild as necessary.

 Maintain 20-30 m right of way  Once annually

Minor Collector

8

Once every 15 days or as required

150 tonne/km, every 3 - 5 years or as required

Shoulder Pulls as required. Road rebuild as necessary.

 Maintain 20-30 m right of way  Once annually

Local Roads

6 -7

Once every 20 days or as required

150 tonne/km, every 3 - 5 years or as required

Shoulder Pulls as required. Rebuild as necessary.

 Maintain 20-30 m right of way  Once annually

Machinery Roads

4-6

Once per year if required

N/A, unless directed by Council

N/A, unless Council directs a road upgrade project

 N/A  N/A


The minimum level of service for developed roadways is a gravelled surface. Any surface treatment beyond gravel, such as calcium or other dust suppressant, oil or asphalt pavement is considered to be an enhanced level of service.  

Following are some highlights for the maintenance of additional roadway infrastructure: 

Drainage systems: In order to maintain a roadway in optimum condition, water must be kept from saturating the sub-grade and also from eroding the roadway.  Culvert installations provide relief for natural drainage channels and also prevent undue accumulation and retention of water on and adjacent to the roadway.

All culverts will be inspected regularly to ensure proper and effective operations. Properly installed and maintained culverts will protect the roadway against storm and subsurface water damage.  The capacity of culverts can be reduced dramatically when damaged or blocked by silt, debris or ice. Culverts that are prone to freezing will be inspected in the early spring.  Culverts that become plugged with ice during spring runoff will be steamed open as soon as is practical. All ditches, especially those with heavy flows and those subject to flooding or erosion will be inspected each spring or during peak flow periods to ensure proper drainage is maintained.

To review more of this Policy, call the County Office at (780) 663-3730 or click here.