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Weather takes toll on Douro-Dummer roads
February 17, 2017
The winter weather that we have been experiencing – four major rainfalls, two freezing rain storms, and the very mild temperatures – has caused many of the gravel roads in Douro-Dummer to develop holes. Unfortunately, with these freeze and thaw conditions, it is very difficult to improve our gravel roads. Applying gravel to the roads when the frost is partially coming out will create road conditions that cannot be driven on by the travelling public; trucks will do more damage to the road, the gravel will not adhere to the road and after a snowfall the gravel ends up being plowed off the roads. Grading the roads under the same conditions (with the frost coming out and wet roads), can cause six to eight inches of sloppy gravel that the motoring public will not be able to travel on either.
The township sympathizes with ratepayers who are travelling these roads on a daily basis and we will address these issues as weather conditions allow the roads department to do something. Once the weather becomes colder and it snows, the holes will be filled when the roads are plowed, which will create a temporary fix. However, during spring thaw the road conditions we are experiencing now could return and the municipality will do what they can to minimize this impact.
Council has a multi-year road plan in place to continue to improve the road infrastructure and they encourage residents to contact the Manager of Public Works (Harold Nelson) to address any questions or concerns regarding the roads.