Wrapping up summer maintenance and preparing for fall and winter

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The City of Vaughan’s Public Works portfolio plays an essential role in keeping Vaughan safe, clean and beautiful by providing quality services year-round to ensure the city runs smoothly and efficiently. 


Here is an update as we wrap up our summer maintenance operations and prepare for fall and winter services:


Street sweeping and road maintenance

So far this year, we have completed more than 6,500 kilometres of street sweeping and will continue sweeping efforts throughout the fall until the end of November, weather permitting. 


Keeping our road network in good condition is a top priority. Staff have also repaired more than 2,600 potholes this year. Watch this video to see how we handle pothole repairs. In addition, crews have collected about 99,000 kilograms (218,250 pounds) of debris off the streets.


Pavement markings and traffic signs
Every year, we repaint pavement markings so they remain easily visible to all road users. Since the spring, crews have retraced more than 550 kilometres of markings along our roadways.


In addition, crews have inspected 10,000 traffic signs to ensure they are visible at night. 


Forestry maintenance

Our crews are hard at work maintaining Vaughan’s trees. Throughout the summer, we completed more than 770 tree removals, 370 tree stump removals and more than 2,550 tree inspections. Any hazards that need to be removed, such as a fallen tree, are responded to in a priority sequence. 


Stormwater and wastewater services

The City’s stormwater management ponds undergo three rounds of litter pickup and grass cutting each year.The third and final round for 2023 will begin this month and continue into October. Litter pickup is undertaken in all non-aquatic areas before grass cutting along the pond's border. About 1,000 bags of litter and debris have been collected from the City’s stormwater management ponds this year.


Water maintenance

Vaughan’s drinking water system includes more than 10,000 hydrants – each are vitally important to providing fire protection and helping to maintain water quality. Since April, staff have inspected more than 5,900 hydrants, painted more than 2,100 hydrants and cycled more than 2,500 valves. 


In addition, we address all water shut-off and turn-on requests. Non-emergency water shut-off and turn-on requests can be made online and must be submitted four to six weeks before the service is required. 


Winter season preparation 
Although it’s only September, we are currently preparing for our winter maintenance operations! Our Fleet Operations team has placed orders for salt deliveries with domes to be filled ahead of the winter season. The City has a fleet of more than 230 operations units ready to maintain local, collector and rural roads as well as sidewalks, walkways and pathways across the city. 


Request maintenance services online

Did you know you can request repair and maintenance services online through Service Vaughan? Via the online portal, you can request maintenance for:


Once a ticket has been created, staff will respond to each request in a priority sequence. 


We remain committed to providing top-notch services to the Vaughan community. Together, let’s keep our city beautiful and well-maintained. To learn more about our seasonal operations, visit vaughan.ca/seasonal.


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