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Construction zone and worker safety

Oxford County provides a safe and efficient road network for the movement of people and products within and outside the County. Each year, Oxford County staff and contractors perform road maintenance and infrastructure improvements (roads, bridges, watermains, sewers etc.) to keep our infrastructure in good condition. 

  • Asphalt resurfacing
  • Road reconstruction, including underground watermain and sewer replacements as required
  • Pot hole repair, crack sealing, shoulder care, guiderail and washout repairs to ensure Oxford County’s roadways are well maintained
  • Installing signage, street lighting, traffic signals and pavement markings to keep everyone on track
  • During the winter, installing snow fencing, plowing, salting, sanding and other maintenance keeps the roads as safe as possible
  • Following the winter season, bridge and culvert maintenance and/or reconstruction, road sweeping and other maintenance ensures the infrastructure remains in good working condition
  • Other activities include roadside mowing and weed spraying, dead animal pickup, tree trimming and more

  

Driving through construction work zones

Construction zones are implemented to allow for road improvements to be completed, while keeping the safety of workers, pedestrians and drivers in mind.

Plan

Be aware of construction zones and the safety of workers. Consider taking alternative routes. For current road reports and construction project updates, visit our Roads page.

Drive defensively

Expect the unexpected; road surfaces and traffic patterns change frequently in work zones. Anticipate detours and stops.

Obey all signs

Road signs share important information that warn motorists or provide essential information about the construction zone ahead, traffic conditions and road closures or detours.

Pay attention

Don’t be distracted by the radio or cell phones and don’t eat or drink while driving. Watch for workers, new signs, traffic signals, pavement markings or uneven pavement.

Slow Down

Always drive at the posted reduced speed limit in work zones. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, sudden stops are common in construction zones.

  

Did You Know?

Fines are doubled for speeding in a construction zone when workers are present. You can be fined up to $600 (or more), lose four demerit points or even have your license suspended or vehicle impounded for not obeying the signs or a traffic control person.

Speeding is dangerous and costly

Help keep Ontario’s roads safe; observe the lower speed limits posted in construction zones and watch for workers. Ontario laws double speeding fines in construction zones when workers are present, as follows:

Km/h over
posted speed limit

Fines for speeding
in construction zones

Demerit
points

10 km/h

$65

0 points

20 km/h

$180

3 points

30 km/h

$450

4 points

40 km/h

$595

4 points

50 km/h

Driver required to attend Provincial Offences Court. License may be suspended and vehicle impounded for 7 days.
 

To be determined at court proceeding

Line painting

Line painting on roads is important for road safety. Lines are used to give drivers messages about driving behaviours – like passing – that are allowed or not allowed. The safety of all drivers on our roads is important, which is why the lines on Oxford County roads are repainted each year.

Line painting is a moving operation; there is a paint truck with a follow vehicle behind when it is taking place. Flashing lights and LINE PAINTING – WET PAINT signs are mounted on the back of the equipment to warn drivers that line painting is being done.

Paint can take more than five minutes to dry depending on weather and surface conditions. When conditions are poor, painting is put on hold until conditions improve.

Line painting tips for drivers

  • Slow down– paint truck vehicles usually travel about 13-15 km per hour so please slow down and be patient when warned of work ahead
  • Keep back– stay at least eight to 10 car lengths behind line painting vehicles/equipment to avoid running over wet paint; paint spray guns are two inches off the roadway surface and cannot spray a vehicle
  • Don’t pass– never pass a paint truck unless instructed to do so by a police officer or an Oxford County staff member; the paint truck will pull over to allow cars to pass when conditions are safe to do so

Removing paint from vehicles

If you do get paint on your vehicle it should be removed as soon as possible. The paint used for line painting is a water-based and can be removed with household cleaning products. Dampen a cloth and soak the paint to be removed with cleaning products such as Simple Green, Purple Power or WD40 and then power wash your car at a car wash.

Oxford County is taking steps to support our community's response to COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and measures taken by Southwestern Public Health. We are monitoring our operations daily to ensure we are taking the right actions to protect our residents, employees and visitors. Get updates at www.oxfordcounty.ca/COVID-19