Public Works News: August 2016

Minimum Maintenance Standards Update

The Minimum Maintenance Standards are undergoing their second 5-year review, and the review committee would like your input.  Click here to download a Message from OGRA – Minimum Maintenance Standards, to access the proposed changes and provide feedback.  Click here to download a 2015 update on the Minimum Maintenance Standards Review.


Sodium Content in Gravel Roads

One of our members recently had testing done to determine if the elevated sodium content in some of their gravel roads was contributing to deteriorating conditions.  Read the test report here.


Ontario Road Salt Management Group (ORSMG)

Recent reports on the activities of the ORSMG:


MTO Update Regarding Proposed Changes to Road Building Machines

Please be advised the Ministry of Transportation has posted an update regarding the current review of the definition of “road-building machine” under the Highway Traffic Act on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry Website, which can be viewed here. Send any comments or questions to: CSPO@ontario.ca.

Additional background can be found in the MTO – RBM Consultation Presentation.

Also for your information: a copy of the CVOR Operator’s Safety Manual; recent changes in CVOR Regulations in effect as of January 2015; and the Guide to Ontario – Vehicle Weights & Dimensions.


MTO Proposed Changes to Snow Plow Lighting and Markings Specifications

A recent Road Talk publication lists some of the proposed changes for Plowing Operations Equipment.