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Construction and closures

Kawartha Lakes hosts many large and small construction projects each year. For full details on projects, including public notices, proposed designs and project backgrounds, please visit our Major Projects section of the website.

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Applications and Forms

To request an Oversize Load Permit please call 705-324-9411

Ministry of Transportation roadwork

The Ministry of Transportation Southern Highways Program outlines plans for construction on Ministry of Transportation Ontario roads in our area.

There are four provincial highways with segments in Kawartha Lakes:

  • Highway 35
  • Highway 115
  • Highway 7A
  • Highway 7

These highways and their intersections with municipal roads are the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation Ontario. The Ministry usually tenders maintenance operations to private contractors.

All provincial highways within the municipality are currently tendered to Emcon Services Inc.

Emcon Services Inc.
6611 Highway 7,
Cavan Monaghan, Ontario
1-877-979-0998

You will find Ministry of Transportation contact information on their website.

Road programs in Kawartha Lakes

5-Year Roads Plan: The municipality conducts a Roads Needs Study every 5 years to help assess repairs required for our 2,677 km of road network. The study groups roads into three priorities: Now, 1 to 5 years and 6 to 10 years. The study is also responsible for providing improvement costs that are incorporated into the operating and capital budgets each year. The goal of the study is to monitor and manage our road networks and provide information which is used to formulate for the City’s 5-year roads plan. This plan is a fluid plan which can be amended based on the yearly capital budgeted process.

To view a list of the current 5 year plan of the following road sections based on the resurfacing programs, please see the referenced appendices below. To confirm what projects have occurred or are occurring in the upcoming year, refer to the current capital budget.


Lifecycle Extension Program: in order to keep the good roads good (and off the capital improvements list including the programs below), this program identifies roads that need to be resurfaced and treated within a specified time before in order to preserve and extend their life cycle, preventing a premature replacement of the asset. This includes services such as crack sealing, surface treatment, asphalt overlays and drainage improvements.


Gravel roadGravel Resurfacing Program: There are three kinds of roads in Kawartha Lakes: Hot mix Asphalt, surface treated and gravel. This program identifies gravel roads that need maintenance and repair. High volume gravel roads have an average lifecycle of 5 to 7 years, so this program aims to extend that to 10 years. 

2020 Budget: 1.5 million


Rural roadRural Resurfacing: this program manages the low-volume rural roads, involving processes such as pulverizing distressed surfaces, performing base repairs to the road , culvert replacement and ditching as well as placing new granular materials on the road before resurfacing with two layers of High Float material (tar and chip).
2020 Budget: 3.7 million


Urban roadUrban/Arterial Resurfacing Program: this program identifies higher traffic volume roads on the City’s arterial and collector road network within towns, villages and hamlets that require upgrades such as placing a brand new surface of hot mix asphalt overtop to provide safe and sustainable roads.
 2020 Budget: 2.2 million


Reconstruction imageUrban/Rural Reconstruction Program: this program identifies roads that need to be completely reconstructed in Urban and Rural areas. This program addresses things like storm sewer and watermain replacements, brand new base materials and infrastructure such as gutter and sidewalk installation and drainage improvements .
2020 Budget: 9.2 million


Budget book coverThe Roads 5-year plan provided Council with a full list of roads to be addressed by the different programs in place . With a priority system in place, roads that require immediate attention are included in the annual budget and the remainder of roads get addressed out to 2022, however this is subject to yearly priorities in the capital budget.

To confirm which roads are on the city’s plan for each year, please refer to the capital programs section of the current budget.

For example, a full list of roads being worked on this year can be found under the Detail Tax-Supported Capital Budget section of this year’s budget book (page. 173).

Contact Us

Roads T. 705-324-9411
After hours municipal emergencies 1-877-885-7337