Oakville’s Roads and Works Operations keeps the town moving

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville’s Roads and Works Operations keeps the town moving

The town’s Road and Works department maintains over 1,900 kilometres of roads – equivalent to the distance from Oakville to Winnipeg. That’s just one of the messages Council heard from Enrico Scalera, director of Roads and Works Operations for the Town of Oakville, at their meeting last night.

“This is the department that maintains our roads, removes snow, keeps traffic lights working, cleans the streets and even fixes our town vehicles,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The valuable 200 plus full- and part-time staff in this department are the ones we can thank for keeping Oakville moving.”

In his presentation, Scalera highlighted all this department does to keep the town in good working shape:

Water maintenance

This department maintains 1,500 kilometres of storm sewers, 118 kilometres of creeks and channels, 22 stormwater management ponds, and eight kilometres of waterfront

Traffic and street lights

Oakville has 120 signal controlled intersections and over 15,000 streetlights
This department converted all traffic signal lights to light emitting diode (LED) bulbs that are more energy efficient, last longer and increase visibility even during bad weather conditions. Another benefit is an average of $200,000 a year in savings on hydro costs
Starting in 2014, a street lighting conversion program will see high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs replaced with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The conversion program is estimated to save $850,000 annually after installation is complete

Beautification

This department sweeps sidewalks and roadsides, picks up litter and removes graffiti
They collect a total of about 5,000 tons of loose leaves a year – that’s about the same as filling up 300,000 yard waste bags

Vehicles and equipment

This department maintains over 250 town vehicles and approximately 1,100 pieces of equipment
The town introduced environmentally friendly hybrid, flex-fuel and low emission rated vehicles to their fleet, as well as expanded the use of ultra-low sulphur regular and bio-diesel fuels – all of which have contributed to building a greener and more sustainable Oakville community

Crossing guards

This department manages 96 school crossing guard locations. The department proudly acknowledges having one of their many fine crossing guards, Jim Arnold, claim the title of Canada’s Favourite Crossing Guard in 2010

Snow removal

This is the department we’ll all be looking towards over the next few months to clear snow from our roads and sidewalks
The implementation of better road salt management practices and equipment has resulted in at least a 15 per cent reduction in salt usage
The town has also been at the forefront of a study about using salt brine on roadways before a snowfall, helping to reduce black-ice and buildup of snow on roads
Together with the City of Burlington, Ministry of Transportation, and the University of Waterloo, the town is studying the effect of salt brine versus alternative bio-based engineered liquids for both anti-icing and pre-wet applications
You can keep up with the town’s snow plowing this winter with the web-based snow plowing status map available

And if you didn’t think this was enough, the town’s Roads and Works department is looking far into the future. They’re already reviewing and planning service delivery options for the area north of Dundas Street.

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Media contact:

Enrico Scalera
Director, Roads and Works Operations
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3315
escalera@oakville.ca


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