Two roads in Limerick Township will be closed off for a day each toward the end of September for culvert replacements. They are South Steenburg Road and Limerick Lake Road, and according to a posting on the Limerick Township website, these roads will be closed on Sept. 20 and 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Victoria Tisdale, the clerk and treasurer, and Greg Maxwell, the public works superintendent, comment on this upcoming infrastructure project.
South Steenburg Road and Limerick Lake Road will be closed off by the township’s public works department to replace some culverts along these roadways on Sept. 20 and 21 respectively, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.
Maxwell says that the township gets their culverts from E.S. Hubbell & Sons Ltd. in Napanee, and other materials are from local gravel pits.
A culvert is a pipe that allows water to flow under a road, from one side to the other. They can also be used as a cross drain to relieve drainage of ditches at the sides of a road. The origins of the word culvert are unknown but the first known use of a culvert dates back to 1773 and may have been the name of a long-forgotten bridge builder or engineer, according to online etymology sources.
Tisdale told The Bancroft Times on Aug. 30 that the culvert replacement is just part of the regular maintenance of the township’s roads.
“Township staff will be performing the work themselves, no contractors are needed, which helps to minimize the costs involved,” she says. “We issued public notice of the road closures so that residents who reside on these roads have ample time to plan and prepare for the closures.”
Michael Riley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Bancroft Times