The Director of Public Works heads the Public Works Department which is responsible for the construction and maintenance of all Township roads, ditches and street lights. Public Works also operates the municipal water systems and sewer systems in Elmvale.

The Township roads crew operates out of two public works years - one in south Springwater on Snow Valley Road and one in north Springwater on Flos Road 7 West.

Half Load Season
Load Restriction Sign
All Township roads are posted from March 1st to April 30th with the exemption of the following roads

1. Bertram Industrial Parkway
2. Flos Road 4 East from Highway 93/Penetanguishene Road to 700 meters west
3. William Street from Yonge Street North to 100 meters west
4. Yonge Street North and Yonge Street South through Elmvale village limits
5. Queen Street West of Yonge Street within Elmvale village limits
6. Queen Street East of Yonge Street within Elmvale village limits
7. Lent Street, Amelia Street, Stone Street and William Street as required by Special Occasions for detour purposes
8. Flos Road Eight West from County Road 27 to 540 meters west
9. Currie Drive from Bayfield Street North (Highway 26) to end
10. Flos Road Ten East from Penetanguishene Road (Highway 93) to 1.2 km west of Penetanguishene Road (Highway 93)

Traffic Calming Policy

The Township is piloting a new Traffic Calming Policy. Each year the municipality receives a number of concerns related to traffic on area roads; the new pilot policy provides residents, staff, committees and Council with a process for addressing traffic calming requests in Springwater.

Engineering Standards

All new roads and works must be constructed to the Township Engineering Standard. Copies of these Standards are available online or by clicking here. Hard copies of the Engineering Standards can be purchased from the Township Administration Centre (2231 Nursery Road).

Roadside Ditches

Roadside ditches are provided to prevent the draining of water from the neighbouring properties onto the road allowances and vice versa.

The Township will entertain land owner requests for roadside ditching improvements to facilitate tile drain or other drainage outlets. Such requests must be submitted in writing to the Director of Public Works prior to construction.

A cost estimate for the proposed work will be prepared by the Director of Public Works along with a cost sharing formula. Where ditching improvements are solely for the benefit of the land owner(s), all costs will be assumed by those making the request. At least 75% of the estimated cost must be deposited with the Township prior to construction. The Township does not provide ditching services on private property. For more information on roadside ditching, contact the Public Works Office.

In some instances, the proposed ditching would qualify as drainage improvements under the Drainage Act.

All ditch cleaning or  alterations to a ditch that has water flowing or discharges into water courses, requires a permit from the Conservation Authorities.  This application can take up to 2 months, plus the time needed to complete the work.  Therefore, the Public Works Department requires notice of all ditch work by early spring to ensure that the application can be completed in good time.


To report streetlights that are not working correctly, please contact the Public Works Department and provide the address, location and details of the streetlight.