Town closing Pickering Dr. for watermain replacement and road improvements

Another local road will soon be closed temporarily due to construction.

The town has advised that Pickering Dr. will be closed to through traffic between Dalhousie St. and King St., commencing Aug. 10, to facilitate watermain replacement and road improvements. This closure will be ongoing through October.

Pickering Dr. will get some work this year, including the intersection of Pickering and Sandwich (pictured).

Pickering Dr. will get some work this year, including the intersection of Pickering and Sandwich (pictured).

The town states that local traffic will be maintained and residents will be allowed access to their homes. A detour route will be posted, but delays should be expected.

This capital project will also include a one-day closure of the intersection at Sandwich St. S. and Pickering Dr. next Wednesday (Aug. 16). Detour routes will again be posted.

The town reminds residents that during construction, traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Drivers are asked to please slow down and obey all traffic signage, and watch for flag persons in the construction zone.

The $1.1 million tender was awarded to SLR Contracting Group Inc. in July with manager of engineering Todd Hewitt stating at that meeting that watermain work should take six to eight weeks when it gets started with pavement work coming after that.

Meloche Road/Simcoe St. intersection to be closed for four weeks

By RTT Staff

Due to ongoing work on the Meloche Road project, the intersection of Meloche Road and Simcoe St. (County Road 18) will be closed for the next four weeks.

The closure comes into effect Monday (July 31) and will help facilitate storm sewer installation and road reconstruction.

The town of Amherstburg states that intersection is expected to be closed for four weeks and that detour routes will be posted.

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Residents and visitors will still be able to access the Libro Centre via the temporary entrance off of Simcoe St. but they will be required to approach from the east, the town adds.

Work on the Meloche Road reconstruction project will be ongoing through the fall and is expected to be complete by November.

The town is reminding motorists that traffic disruptions may occur due to the construction and some delays may be experienced. Drivers are asked to slow down and obey all traffic signage.

Meloche Road project to get underway soon



By Ron Giofu


Motorists heading to the Libro Centre will soon not have to worry about avoiding chewed up sections of Meloche Road.

Town council approved the tender at their meeting last Tuesday night with J&J Lepera awarded the contract for their bid of $3,929,700, plus HST. According to a report from manager of engineering Todd Hewitt, the total budget for the project is over $4.3 million.

The town received nearly $2 million in an Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) grant. The town’s breakdown of the funding for the project sees $500,000 coming from the 2017 gas tax allocation, $1.3 million from a development charge supported debenture over 20 years and a tax rate supported debenture of nearly $311,500.

There will also be $201,960 coming from the County of Essex, as the county pays 40 per cent portion of paved pathways under the County Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) program.

The Meloche Road project should get underway in early to mid-June.

The Meloche Road project should get underway in early to mid-June.

Hewitt told town council that the tender process was delayed slightly due to the town having to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry regarding the possibility of there being species at risk.

Despite that delay, the project is still on schedule. Hewitt said the project has to be done by Oct. 31 due to conditions of the grant and that will schedule will be adhered to.

“We’re right on track,” said Hewitt.

The town constructed a temporary entrance off of Simcoe St. to the Libro Centre last year, and that will allow construction crews to complete their work on Meloche Road and give Libro Centre patrons access to the facility at the same time.

Not only will there be a new road surface from Alma St. to Lowes Side Road, there will also be other amenities including bike lanes and a multi-use trail. There will also be a storm sewer installed at the corner of Meloche Road and Simcoe St. to accommodate the Meadowview subdivision to be built northwest of that intersection.
A start date for the project has not yet been finalized, but work could commence in early to mid-June.

Councillor urging drivers to slow down on Texas Road


By Ron Giofu

Construction has returned on Texas Road and a councillor who lives there is losing his patience with drivers who aren’t slowing down.

Councillor Rick Fryer said speeds are “getting ridiculous” on Texas Road, despite signage which calls for motorists to do 20 km/hr due to the ongoing construction. He said there have been near-misses, drivers swerving around signs and even police cruisers nearly clipping cars reversing from driveways.

“Something has to be done,” said Fryer.

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Fryer said speeding along the road is a regular occurrence and suggested a temporary three-way stop at Texas Road and Knobb Hill Drive, something administration said they will consider. Ideas such as striping and speed bumps, the latter geared at making the road more narrow than it is, will also be considered.

“It happens all the time,” Fryer said of the speeding. “We’ve got to get people to slow down.”

Fryer noted his children are just some of the kids that have to walk to get to a bus stop now that buses are restricted due to construction.

As for speeding police cars, Chief Tim Berthiaume said the Highway Traffic Act allows for police cruisers not to have their lights on and exceed the speed limit if heading to a call. Berthiaume added that if cruisers are speeding in the area, residents are still welcome to contact the police station so the they can know if the cruiser is headed to a call and so the officer can understand the concerns of the residents.

Housing starts on the rise in Amherstburg



By Ron Giofu


Housing starts in Amherstburg are on the rise with the number for 2015 entering triple digits for the first time since 2010.

There were 126 housing starts in Amherstburg in 2015, up from 80 in 2014. Starts appear to be strong in 2016 with Amherstburg building department statistics showing 31 housing starts having been reported as of last Thursday. By April 14, 2015, there were 16 houses as of that date, though chief building official Steve Brown noted there was still snow on the ground for much of last spring.

Brown stated there were 50 permits issued last year and 75 projected for April this year.

New housing starts are on the rise in Amherstburg, including this home in the Canard Valley subdivision in McGregor.

New housing starts are on the rise in Amherstburg, including this home in the Canard Valley subdivision in McGregor.

“Townhouses are getting pretty popular right now,” he said.

Housing starts are expected to exceed last year’s total, he added. Last year’s 126 starts also included 23 apartments that are going into the Blue Haven Motel. The upswing in building activity is being credited to people simply liking the town, said Brown.

Not only do people like the downtown area, they also seem to like the number of festivals the municipality has as well as its relatively close proximity to Windsor. The town and its number of retailers also allows for people to get what they need closer to home, he added.

Retirees also are coming back to the area after spending their working careers in Toronto or other large cities.

“I think people just like the town,” said Brown. “We’ve got the services now.”

Brown also noted planned renovations at Fox Glen Golf Club and a permit for the former SKD factory to allow for new manufacturing in one of the units. Condominium projects that have been on the books for some time are expected to start later this year while Golfview and Canard Valley Estates subdivisions are also expected to either grow or be completed.

“I think the improvements that were done five to ten years ago are starting to pay off,” said Brown. “I think that attracts people.”

The town’s “safest community in Canada” designation could also be a reason there is an upward trend in home builds.

“Things are looking up right now,” said Brown. “The houses are very well built. The quality is there on the houses.”