O'Connor Township

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Phone: 807-476-1451
Email: twpoconn@tbaytel.net

Roads Department

Canada Summer Jobs – Student Summer Jobs – Roads Department Labourer

The Township of O’Connor is looking to hire two students, aged 15 to 30, for eight weeks starting Monday, July 4, 2022.

Applications must be delivered to and received at the Township Office, at 330 Highway 595, no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 13, 2022.  

For more information on the position, please see our notice for Canada Summer Jobs – Student Position for the Roads Department.

Road Closures

Friday, May 27, 2022 – Blaikie Road is now open.  Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – Blaikie Road remains closed to through traffic as repairs continue .  Please watch for updates here.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Harstone Road and Sitch Road reopened as of 3:30 p.m. today.  Blaikie Road remains closed as our Road Crew continue to work on it.  Please follow the website for updates.

May 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

Broome Road and access to Cedar Falls is once again open.  Harstone, Blaikie, Diana and Sitch Roads (in locations noted below) will remained closed for the weekend to allow for water time to recede.  Snow continues to melt in the bush and water levels may remain high for several days.  As always drive with caution.

May 12, 2022 at 3:30 p.m.

Broome Road is now flooded at Cedar Falls.  Please do not attempt to cross it as expected rainfall could cause the road to wash out.  Cedar Falls Conservation Area is temporarily closed.

May 12, 2022 at 1 p.m.

Sitch Road is closed between Rosengren Road and Earl Road at the Pitch Creek crossing.  No change in status for the Harstone Road, Diana Road, and Blaikie Road. 

May 12, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Heavy rain fall over night has caused most water courses in the Township to rise significantly.  Harstone Road is now closed between Smith Road and Luckens Road as water has washed out the road in several locations.  Blaikie Road remains closed and water has now crossed the road in a second location, which  has resulted in the closure of Diana Road.  The Village of Hymers is experiencing flooding as well.  High water is also affecting several other roads in the Township and our road crew is doing their best to address the issues.  Please drive with caution.  Please see Flood Warning below for more information.

LRCA Flood Warning Update – May 13, 2022 at 3:45 p.m

LRCA Flood Warning Update – May 13, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

LRCA Flood Warning May 12, 2022 update at 3:45 p.m.

LRCA FLOOD WARNING_May 12, 2022 11:00 a.m.

May 11, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Blaikie Road will remain closed due to washouts, as the water continues to rise along the Whitefish River, with all the snow melt still coming .  The Whitefish River, on the Harstone Road, is currently at his limit and will most likely  go over the road sometime during the day today.  Cedar Creek is also at its peak and may cause flooding.  There is still a lot of snow in the bush and with the warm temperatures this week, spring melt and the potential thunderstorm predicted, flooding will occur in several locations.  Please always watch for water and do not drive through water that is flowing across a roadway.

LRCA May 11, 2022 Flood Outlook

May 10, 2022 at 8:15 p.m.

Blaikie Road is once again  closed due to water over the road from the Whitefish River. Please find an alternate route.

May 9, 2022 UPDATE

Blaikie Road has been reopened this afternoon.  Please continue to drive with caution and be aware that the water level in the Whitefish River may continue to fluctuate with the warm temperatures this week and the amount of snow still located in the bush. 

May 7, 2022

Due to the warm weather and the significant snow melt, the water flowing in the Whitefish River is causing road closures in the Township of O’Connor.  The river is spilling over its banks and Blaikie Road is currently closed  once again after receding  earlier this morning.  The Harstone Road is also  being watched and may be closed at anytime.  Please avoid these areas and always be aware of the risk.  Please do not drive through water that is flowing across a roadway. 

LRCA Flood notice May 6, 2022

The Township of O’Connor Roads Department provides:

  • Inspections and minor repairs on bridges and roads and routine road patrol
  • Summer maintenance includes grading, dust control,  brushing of the right away or road allowance, and weed cutting
  • Maintenance on road crossing culverts and drainage of Township roads
  • Winter maintenance operations which includes snowplowing, sanding and salting operations to provide for safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians
  • Winter snow removal for a fee (Please call the township office for more information)
  • Responsible for Municipal signage, new entrances and installation of emergency numbers

Leadhand on Roads Operations

Kelly Johnson

T: (807) 476-1453
F: (807) 473-0891