Roads and Transportation

The Roads Division of the Public Works Department provides maintenance to both Township and County roads within the Municipality.

  • Talbot Line (Highway #3) is a Ministry of Transportation patrolled and maintained road.  If you have any concerns or inquiries in regards to maintenance on this highway, contact the MTO's maintenance contractor for this road – EMCON Services Inc. 24 Hour Service 1-855-557-8478
  • For any maintenance request within the municipality (excluding Talbot Line), please complete the Customer Service Request Form.

To view the St. Thomas Elgin Area Municipalities Standard Contract Document and Supplemental Specifications for Public Works, adopted by the Township of Malahide please click here

  • Contents of the Supplemental Specifications include the defined required materials, construction methods, allowable installation tolerances, and measured payment standards for Sewer Construction and Maintenance, Watermain infrastructure, Road Construction and paving, Sidewalk construction, Traffic Signal and Electrical works, Traffic Control and pavement marking, and Landscaping.


 Municipal Drain Information


For public safety reasons, it is necessary to regulate entrances within municipal road allowances.

The purpose of the Entrance Control Policy is to set criteria and design standards for implementing the approval, construction, and alteration of entrances, and to provide safe access to roads within the Township of Malahide Road System. 

A property owner may request to construct or alter an entrance by completing an Entrance Permit.

Half Load

The Township of Malahide would like to remind Commercial Vehicle Operators, that the Township places Load Restrictions on ALL of its roads from March 1 to April 30. A map of these roads can be found through the Elgin Mapping website. Drivers found to be in contravention of the By-law are subject to fines as set out in the Highway Traffic Act. Some specialized farm vehicles are exempt.

Half Load Restriction Request

A resolution was passed by the Council of the Township of Malahide to remove reduced load restrictions from any part of a road segment within the Township, providing the following undertaking is commissioned by an applicant, in consultation with Township Staff:

Upon application to the Township, the applicant shall:

1. Engage the services of a Professional Engineer to evaluate the subject haul route for the purpose of evaluating the condition of the subject pavements in order to determine if they are suitable to carry the type of heavily loaded vehicles during the susceptible freeze/thaw period from March 1 – April 30, and that the evaluation shall include:

a. Non-destructive load/deflection testing, and/or coring of the existing surface at 250m intervals to determine current condition

b. A recommendation of the remaining useful life of the subject road segment, compared to the expected life of a newly constructed road segment of the same type.

c. Modelling of the proposed loading scenario/frequency/duration to assess the structural adequacy of the route, as well as the impact of the proposed loading

d. Prediction of the reduced life expectancy of the subject road segment due to the subject loading scenario

2. The Engineer shall also provide:

a. Construction cost estimate to determine the cost in present dollars to reconstruct the subject road segment

b. Calculation of the dollar value required now, at an assumed 2% earned interest rate to construct the road segment at the end of its current useful life

c. Calculation of the dollar value required now, at an assumed 2% earned interest rate to construct the road segment at the end of its reduced life due to the proposed activity

3. The difference between the dollar value calculated in 2b, and 2c as approved by Staff will be the fee required to be paid by the proponent in order to remove the reduced loading restriction from the subject roadway segment.

Other considerations may also be necessary in partnership with the above recommended criteria, and accordingly the fee would be reflect the period in question.

The above rational will allow for the accurate modeling of the reduced lifecycle of the roadway segment to be determined in order for the proponent to adequately bare the cost to which they receive the direct benefit of, and not proportionally impact the ratepayers of the Township.

To make an application to initiate the removal of a reduce load restriction from any part of a road segment within the Township of Malahide, please complete the online form

If you have any questions relating to the above, please contact Matt Sweetland, P.Eng., Director of Public Works.

Road Occupancy and Oversize/Overweight Moving

For public safety reasons, it is necessary to regulate work being conducted on a road allowance or under a public roadway. Please complete a Road Occupancy Permit for any work on a municipal road within the Township of Malahide Road System.

Moving oversized or overweight loads along the Township of Malahide Road System will require the submission of the Oversize/Overweight Moving Permit.

If any part of the route will be an Elgin County Road, the Elgin County Oversize/Overweight Moving Permit must be completed and approved by Elgin County prior to submitting the Township of Malahide permit.


For various reasons, it may be necessary to remove mature trees along road allowances. The purpose of the Tree Trimming, Removal & Replacement Policy is to authorize the removal of trees along public road allowances for the purpose of road widening, maintenance and public safety.

  • A property owner may request for a tree located on Township property to be removed. Please make a request using the Customer Service Request Form.

  • The wood from removed trees will first be offered to those property owners adjacent to the tree removal. If not removed by the adjacent property owner, the wood will be marked as available for removal by any resident for a period of 10 business days, after which time municipal staff will remove and dispose of the wood.

Replacement trees shall be requested through the Tree Planting Program. The property owner will be responsible for the maintenance and care of new trees. To place an order, please contact the Township Office at 519-773-5344.

Winter Maintenance

 Winter Maintenance Information 

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