Ryerson Roads FACT: Gravel Reclaiming

Ryerson Roads FACT: Gravel Reclaiming

During regular road use and maintenance, gravel migrates form the travelled portion of the road to the shoulders and into the ditches. Over time this leads to soft shoulders, poor drainage, and eventually potholes and washboard edges. It also increases the overall road width. Vegetation grows in this excess shoulder material making it difficult to redistribute properly.

To recover this road material and create an overall consistent road width, the grader is fitted with what appears to be oversized farming discs, called a GRAVEL RETRIEVER. These discs cut up the mass and pull the material up on to the edge of the road. The process is done multiple times and berms of material are left to dry. These berms also serve as a guide for motorists to avoid the extremely soft shoulders. Caution signs are placed at various locations to warn motorists.

Gravel retrieval SAVES TAX DOLLARS

  • Controlling road widths saves the amount of gravel overall that is required to re-surface a road;
  • Removing the material from the ditches for re-use means it doesn’t have to be hauled away; and
  • Re-applying the retrieved gravel extends the lifecycle for re-surfacing by almost two years.

Based on conservative estimates, re-claiming the gravel can save approximately $3000 per kilometre.

Gravel reclaiming is best conducted in hot, dry, weather – the process is dusty and the result are ugly – but it is a very cost effective operation that improves the roads and saves tax dollars. Your understanding is appreciated!

TRI R Landfill Clear Bag Program

Click here for information about the TRI R Landfill Clear Bag Program.

TRI R Landfill & Recycling Centre Program Change

Please click here for information about changes to the TRI R Landfill & Recycling Centre, effective March 10, 2016.

Bear Wise Education

Problems with bears are usually created by people. By following these tips every spring, summer and fall, you can avoid attracting bears to your property. A publication from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. To view the flyer click here

OPP information for citizens

The local OPP Detachment have 2 items that they would like to bring to your attention. Laws regarding off-road vehicles in Ontario as there are many misconceptions in relation to the use of off-road vehicles in this area and the OPP Citizen Self Reporting Program that allows persons to report certain types of offenses online. More information can be obtained from the 2 documents below:

Minimum maintenance standards by-law

The Township has updated and replaced our Minimum Maintenance Standards By-law 54-13 with a new by-law 60-14. The by-law states that municipalities shall keep all highways and bridges in a state of repair that is reasonable in the circumstances including the character and location of the highway and bridges. To read this by-law click here.

Procedural by-law update

The Township has updated the Procedural by-law, # 20-13, anyone wishing to address Council must notify the Clerk, in writing by 12:00 noon on the Thursday preceding a Council meeting. For a copy of the complete bylaw click here.