Design phase begins for County Road 22 reconstruction

County Road 22 is shown in a state of disrepair.

THE COUNTIES, Ontario - The United Counties of SDG has begun a process that will lead to the reconstruction of County Road 22, near Maxville.

Following a competitive process, Counties Council agreed to hire a private engineering firm to complete design work for the reconstruction project, which focuses on County Road 22 between Highway 138 and Roxborough Kenyon Boundary Road. The intent of this work is to prepare ‘tender ready’ documents for potential construction in 2023 subject to Council budget approval.

County Road 22 provides an east-west arterial road paralleling the Kings Highway 417 across the north end of the Counties. County Road 22 is considered an arterial link between Maxville and Highway 138. The annual average daily traffic is approximately 1,300 vehicles per day.

County Road 22 is not designed as a full-load road (i.e. spring load restrictions are implemented). The current cross-section is a two-lane rural road. The condition of the asphalt is poor, and the granular shoulders are extremely narrow. The speed limit is 80 km/hr. County Road 22 has been considered a “Now Need” road in SDG’s recent road needs study.

In recent years, Township of North Stormont residents have been concerned with ride quality and vehicular safety, given that the level of deterioration of the road has led to a bumpy and uneven ride, rutting and severe edge loss. County Council has since identified this road as a priority project for SDG and directed staff to complete the necessary work to bring the road up to an appropriate standard.

Staff will consult with the Township of North Stormont as the design progresses as the work site will impact traffic movement between Maxville and Highway 138.