Crack Sealing Roads

What is crack sealing?

Crews fixing cracks in roadCrack sealing is a surface rehabilitation method used to keep excess water or moisture from penetrating asphalt or concrete and to prevent further cracking and deterioration of city streets. It is completed on roads that are at least three years old, crack sealing is a cost-effective method of prolonging the life span of the asphalt by creating permanent seals. The process can be completed in front of a residence in just a few hours, while the road will be able to have vehicle traffic as soon as the sealant has dried.

What does crack sealing look like?

Check out this brief video to see what's involved in sealing cracks in the road. Video was shot in 2016 along Dieppe Road.


When is crack sealing completed?

Crack sealing is scheduled to be completed throughout the summer construction season from approximately May to October each year.  Residential work adheres to the City Noise By-law regulations for construction and only occurs during the following designated hours:

  • 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday

How is crack sealing completed?

  • A crack is identified
  • A routing machine may be used to make the cracks a uniform depth and width
  • Dust and debris are cleared from the crack
  • Sealant is poured and tooled into the crack
  • The sealant has set and can be driven on

What to expect during crack sealing projects:

Crack Sealing

The impacts of crack sealing are minor compared to a repaving project but there are some impacts.

  • Parking Restrictions: The work area covers from curb to curb, so parking will be restricted on both sides of the street during the day(s) of crack sealing from 7 AM to 5 PM "No Parking" signs will be installed 72 hours prior to start of work.  The parking restrictions are typically removed as soon as crews complete the work in the area.
  • Schedule: Weather permitting, crews plan to start the crack sealing operation in October.  "No Parking" signs will be installed at least 72 hours prior to the start of work, which provides a good indication of the timing of the upcoming work.  If you need more information regarding the schedule, please contact us.
  • Lane Closures: There will be no full street closures during the operation.  The contractor will keep one lane open in each direction.  Lane closures may last approximately 3 to 4 hours.  Traffic flaggers will be present during maintenance work.  Sidewalks will remain open at all times.
  • Access to alleys and driveways: Access to driveways or alleys may be disrupted for a few minutes during the day of the work, but crews will work to minimize any delays and will provide assistance as needed.
  • Dust: Keep all windows and doors closed to avoid dust from entering.

2019 Locations:

  • Crestdale Avenue - St. Julien Drive to Village Road
  • Elmridge Avenue - Village Road to End
  • Northridge Avenue - Village Road to Oakmount Drive
  • Oakmount Drive - Village Road to Crestdale Avenue
  • St. Julien Drive - Village Road to Crestdale Avenue
  • Eastchetser Avenue - Queenston Street to Bunting Road
  • Grantham Avenue South - Eastchester Road to Dunkirk Road
  • Rockwood Avenue - Ferndale Avenue to Carriage Road
  • Meredith Drive - Limits

Questions or concerns?

Please feel free to contact us directly for crack sealing specific questions by email at or by phone at 905.688.5601 ext. 1646

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