Roads and Sidewalks

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There are 115 km of roadways and 90 km of sidewalks in Tillsonburg. The Operations Department oversees the construction of roads and sidewalks, as well as their maintenance and repair.  

Roadway maintenance

Maintaining and upgrading roads so they are safe for motorists and pedestrians is a priority in any municipality. Tillsonburg follows the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (O.Reg. 239/02).

Sidewalk maintenance
Every day hundreds of people use Town sidewalks to exercise, travel or shop. Broken or damaged sidewalks can make these tasks difficult--and dangerous.

Common causes of sidewalk damage include:

  • Uplifting by tree roots
  • Cracking and spalling due to weather changes (thawing/freezing)
  • Vehicles driving on sidewalks
  • Deterioration due to age

The Town inspects the sidewalks each year.

Streetlight maintenance
The Town is responsible for the operation and maintenance of more than 2700 streetlights.
Traffic signal maintenance
The Town of Tillsonburg operates and maintains six (6) of the fourteen (14) traffic signals within the town limits. The remaining signals are operated by Oxford County or the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).


Frequently Asked Questions


 Why are traffic signals needed?
When traffic volumes increase beyond the capacity of an all-way stop, it may be necessary to install a traffic signal. Factors such as vehicle and pedestrian volumes, delays to side street motorists and pedestrians, and the collision history at an intersection are all compared to standardized Provincial warrant criteria to determine if a traffic signal should be installed.
 What do traffic signals do?
Traffic signals guide drivers and pedestrians through intersections and along roads. They tell road users when to stop and go, when and how to turn and when to drive with extra caution.
 How does the traffic signal know my vehicle is at an intersection?

A vehicle is detected in one of two ways:

1. Overhead detectors mounted above the roadway are aimed at the vehicle Stop line.

2. Loop detectors placed in the roadway produce a magnetic field. When a vehicle   passes over the loop the metal of the vehicle changes the magnetic field.

When a vehicle is detected, a message is sent to the signal controller to change the light sequence. Detectors do not sense vehicle weight.

Why do I have to wait so long for the signal to change?

At actuated traffic signals, the green phase for the side street will only occur with the detection of a vehicle or someone pushing a pedestrian push button. The length of delay before getting a green will depend on when the call for green on the side street was received and if the main street traffic has been satisfied. In a coordinated system, such as Broadway, the call may be further delayed to maintain the main street progression. In these instances, the side street movement can only be serviced after the main street traffic stream has passed through the intersection. It can be frustrating when there is no traffic on the major street and you must wait.
What happens to traffic signals if an emergency vehicle is responding to a call?
 Some emergency vehicles are equipped with devices which pre-empt traffic signals. In that case, a green is given to the street on which the emergency vehicle is travelling. When that vehicle clears the intersection, the signals revert back to the signal controller. It may take two or three cycles to re-establish coordination.

 To report a maintenance issue with any of the above, contact Customer Service.


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