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Winter Maintenance

Salt Domes for Winter Maintenance at the leamington depot


Essex County Roads Maintenance
Maintenance Division
1941 Road 4 East. RR2
Kingsville, Ontario
N9Y 2E5
T. 519-326-8691
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Road user safety is a top priority for Essex County. The winter program aims to meet or exceed minimum maintenance standards, reduce environmental impacts and use innovative and proactive strategies.

The Essex County road system includes:

  • 1,503 lane km of roads
  • 87 bridges
  • 4-active; 2-seasonal depots
  • 18 salt plow routes

Winter activities include:

  • Each depot is responsible for 3 to 5 routes varying between 25 to 60 km in length
  • 21 pieces of equipment dispatched in a 'normal' winter event
  • Continuous weather monitoring
  • Road patrols
  • Average annual salt usage 15,930 tonnes
  • Average annual expenditures - $2,000,000.00
  • Typical number of winter 'events' - 85

Best practices for winter maintenance and salt use and storage are outlined in the Salt Management Plan (SMP) (PDF).