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Transportation

We have heard from the community that there are concerns that the trucks that transport aggregate to job sites will have safety and road maintenance impacts on the community. The following is intended to provide facts about the routes we will use, our commitment to safety and improvement's to Watts Pond Road. 

Community safety is always a top priority.

1. Truck Route

The County has an approved truck route and Dufferin will use that route. Please see the map outlines in blue for the approved route. During half-load restrictions, trucks will follow the red route. 

Aerial view of truck route 

Dufferin Aggregates is committed to ensuring that the approved truck route is suitable for the anticipated volume of traffic. We have retained transportation consultants WSP (formerly MMM Group) to conduct traffic observations in and around the Paris Pit to inform our decisions.

Traffic counts were conducted May 7, 2012 at 10 intersections between 7:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  In addition, 9 road segment locations were collected for a week for 24 hours/day.

WSP measured the amount of traffic and gaps between traffic to confirm there is sufficient time for trucks to turn. They determined that many trucks use the route now and that intersections have the capacity to handle the proposed increased volume based on numbers cited by the Brant Transportation Master Plan for arterial roads. 

Aerial view of truck route

2. Watts Pond Road

Dufferin Aggregates is committed to improving Watts Pond Road from the Pit entrance to Hwy 24A. Dufferin is in discussions with the County regarding the road platform design and about improving the rest of Watts Pond Road.

It is anticipated there will be 70 to 100 trucks loaded per day from December to April. There will be 100 to 150 trucks loaded per day from May until November. Peak hours are between 7:00 am and 9:00 am.

3. Trucker Compliance

Truckers are apprised of our Safety and Compliance Policy which ensure local laws and traffic rules are closely followed. If a trucker is caught not following the rules they are suspended from all Dufferin sites that day. Repeat offenses result in additional discipline. Driver education is part of our standard operating protocol. PLEASE REPORT ANY DRIVER INFRACTIONS TO US AND WE WILL FOLLOW UP IMMEDIATELY.

4. Best Practices

We strive to operate above compliance of all regulations and by-laws and reduce nuisances to neighbours. The following are examples:

  • Berms and tree screen to reduce visual impacts.
  • Asking truckers to avoid compression breaks.
  • Pave internal roads to reduce dust.
  • Regular sweeping and washing of entrance.

Strict protocols are in place to prevent and manage spills on the site.

At Dufferin we have a robust Environmental Management System to strictly enforce preventative, reactive, monitoring and reporting procedures. These include:

  • Daily monitoring of machinery
  • Fuel storage for on site trucks only is in double walled tanks and on a concrete pad
  • An immediate spill plan is in place. In the unlikely event of a spill the protocol set out by the MOECC is followed by our trained staff. Reporting to the MOECC is standard.
  • There is no use of chemicals and no chemicals kept on site.

 

 

For more information please see the attached Traffic Analysis.