SD&G will develop policy to deal with ‘now roads’

In this December 2017, file photo, the morning sun shines on the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry building on Pitt Street in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – The United Counties of SD&G will develop a policy to deal with roads that are deteriorating outside of the upper-tier municipality’s four year plan.

Coun. Steven Byvelds (South Dundas) proposed the policy during the county’s budget meeting Wednesday morning that would scrape off the difference between the budgeted amount for road projects and the actual price of work, when a project comes in under budget.

Using examples of “now roads,” Byvelds says “we’re talking about the (County Road) 31s, the 5s, the 8s and the 22s.”

The policy to create a major road reconstruction reserve would not include tender savings from bridge projects.

The county does paving on a four year cycle but some roads, like County Road 8-18, start falling apart before their time for paving or reconstruction.

Coun. Kirsten Gardner (South Dundas) supported Byvelds’ proposal saying this would address the “ones (roads) we want to talk (about) but go off into the abyss.”

Transportation Director Ben de Haan says the policy should be ready in time for approval when council gives final approval of the budget in March.

The county plans to do $10.5 million in paving work this year.