Engineering focuses on the planning, design and project management of new street infrastructure and upgrading existing infrastructure along with proposed new developments. Public Works ensures that the existing infrastructure is maintained and operated in an effective manner as well as providing additions or improvements to existing infrastructure.
What is traffic calming? It is the use of different methods - structures, education and enforcement - to influence drivers to keep their travel speed to within the posted speed limit.
The Township Guide to Traffic Calming describes the Township of Esquimalt’s approach to neighbourhood traffic calming, as well as funding and implementation policies. Read the guide here.
What is the boulevard? The right-of-way is divided into two main portions with the first portion being the travel corridor (road, curb and gutters). The remaining portion from the back of curb to the property line is defined as the boulevard. Its primary purpose is to allow for the installation of infrastructure (Township or other stakeholders) that provide services to the adjacent properties and the greater community.
- The Township Guide to Boulevard Modifications describes Esquimalt’s approach to boulevard modification and use.
Salting, sanding, snow removal
The Esquimalt Public Works Department salts, sands, and clears snow from municipal roads to maintain the safest driving conditions possible with available resources.
The order in which roads are salted, sanded, or cleared of snow is generally:
- main streets
- main hilly streets
- bus routes
- secondary roads
- hilly residential streets
- balance of residential
The actual routes and order of salting, sanding, and snow clearing are determined by the Public Works Superintendent in consultation with the Police Department, and may be altered to best suit road or weather conditions.
Property owners are responsible for clearing ice and snow from sidewalks outside of their properties. Read the Streets and Traffic Bylaw for details.