Roads and Sidewalks

Suburbs

Whether we realize or not, local roads and sidewalks play a key role in our daily lives. From ensuring a smooth drive, ride or walk to and from either work or school, to providing safe, clearly defined paths for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians - our roads and sidewalks keep us moving the right way.

Stay up to date on the latest plans for our roads and sidewalks, and learn how you can help us keep them in good shape, with the following information:

Roads

Maintaining and upgrading Kitchener's roads is essential to sustaining our transportation system. While some roads in the city are maintained by the Region of Waterloo, Kitchener is responsible for maintaining 980 "two-lane" kilometres of roads throughout the city. Every year, we upgrade our roads network, work that usually takes place in the spring and summer months. Road work and maintenance may require closures and detours, which will be clearly defined for drivers.

School-zone speed limits
The City of Kitchener has a 40-km speed limit, 24 hours a day, in front of all elementary schools. This speed limit is enforced by Waterloo Region Police Services in school areas.
Sidewalks
 
Sidewalk repair program
The City of Kitchener's annual sidewalk program inspects about 1,100 kilometres of city sidewalks for trip hazards so all of our residents can enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment. Each year, more than 2,800 new sidewalk defects are identified - usually due to frost heave or tree root growth. Trip hazards are marked with orange paint, and are recorded in a database for repair.
Winter maintenance for sidewalks

Roads and Sidewalks

In Kitchener, property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks along their property within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. The city clears snow and ice from the roads and sidewalks around city-owned facilities, walkways and parks. By working together, we can give residents safe and accessible transportation routes to get where they need to go.   

Residents can report sidewalks that have not been cleared within 24 hours after a snowfall by calling the Corporate Contact Centre at 519-741-2345. When a complaint is received, staff will be sent out to inspect the sidewalk. 

Bylaw officers proactively inspect sidewalks citywide. If a sidewalk is not cleared of snow and ice within 24 hours of a snow occurrence, a bylaw officer will leave a notice at the property* and will return after 24 hours to re-inspect the sidewalk. If the sidewalk has still not been adequately cleared, the city will have it cleared by our contractor and the property owner will be invoiced for the cost of the clearing. The cost will depend on the following variables; the size of the lot, equipment required and length of time to clear the sidewalk of all snow and ice. The results and recommendations of this pilot will also be reported back to council by May 2020.

*Note: Only one notice is provided to each household per season.

Sidewalk infill
The city's pedestrian charter supports a city that encourages walking. Our definition of pedestrian includes those who use mobility devices. To confirm this commitment to pedestrian-friendly public space, the city implemented a sidewalk policy to ensure sidewalks are installed as part of road reconstruction projects. 

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