Significant traffic delays at Manning Road and County Road 22 are about to be addressed by a massive six-month, $6.9-million reconstruction project.
“It’s long overdue,” said Mayor Gary McNamara, calling the county council decision to approve the long-awaited work excellent news.
“That’s the busiest intersection in the region. It’s now peaking at over 40,000 vehicles a day,” McNamara said. “It’s a question of not only moving the traffic but it’s about moving the traffic safely.”
Amico Infrastructures Inc. will begin work at the Tecumseh intersection by the end of the month. The completion date is November.
A right-hand turning lane from Manning to County Road 22 will facilitate traffic heading toward Lakeshore.
County Road 22 carries traffic to and from the E.C. Row Expressway, while Manning Road is a busy access route to Highway 401.
The cost of the project came in $500,000 above the engineer’s estimate for the work but that is attributed to aggressive timelines and the complexity and staging of the project, said Tom Bateman, the county’s director of transportation services.
Construction work will require partial closure of Manning Road for two to three weeks but McNamara said the temporary closure will speed up the project’s completion and help to keep road workers safe. Lane shifts, temporary signals and grade changes can be expected.
“We’re going to ask people to be patient because there are some closures, especially the southbound lanes on County Road 19, for about two to three weeks it will be completely shut down,” he said. “So there will be no access coming off the 401 or going to the 401.”
Commuters and other drivers are asked to avoid the area as much as possible or be prepared for delays.
McNamara said the county has committed to a communication strategy to help keep the public informed. Daily social media posts using the hashtag #CR2219 and weekly media updates will join traditional signage and programmable message boards.Read more
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Highway 401 and Highway 3 merge together to form one of the most traveled highways in Canada in terms of vehicular and truck volumes. Many challenges were encountered on this project in regard to subsurface conditions, which included soft and saturated soils, complex soil stratification and contanimated soils. One innovation to meet this challenge was the use of proprietary reinforced soil system retaining walls instead of cast-in-place reinforced concrete. The project site also sits on one of the most unique and diverse habitats in Ontario.
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Cost: $1.4 billion
Length: 6.8 miles
Designer: Hatch Mott MacDonald
Owner: Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group
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Amico Infrastructure has been awarded the first major contract for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.
Dubbed the “early works” project, Amico will be responsible for site preparation for the new bridge on the Canadian side which includes construction of a new four-kilometre perimeter access road.
The company’s $59-million contract with the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority also includes utility relocation and drainage on the site for the planned Windsor-Detroit bridge to be located off Ojibway Parkway in Brighton Beach.
“Work will begin later this month with the installation of snake fencing,” said Heather Grondin, spokeswoman for the WDBA.
The site preparation work is separate from the actual bridge construction which will be carried out by a private sector partner not yet selected by WDBA, she said.
The downriver bridge is scheduled to open in 2020.
The new perimeter access road in Windsor will be within the footprint of the bridge plaza and replace the existing sections of Sandwich Street and Broadway Street that are to be closed once the bridge opens.Read more
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