Simcoe St./Meloche Road intersection re-opens earlier than anticipated



By RTT Staff


For those heading to the Woofa-Roo Pet Festival this weekend, be advised that one major construction project is out of the way.

The intersection of Simcoe St. and Meloche Road re-opened Friday and is not scheduled to close again until paving works is necessary. Even then, manager of engineering and operations Todd Hewitt stated that it won’t be a full closure.

“We are very happy to have it done,” Hewitt said of the intersection.

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Hewitt said the town always wanted to have the intersection open for the Woofa-Roo Pet Festival but since the contractor got the work done in about half the time, there will be no need for a re-closure immediately after the festival.

The intersection was closed July 31 and was expected to last four weeks. Hewitt said the contractor was able to complete the storm sewer installation project in that area of the roadway in two weeks.

Users of the Libro Centre still have to use the temporary entrance off of Simcoe St., however, as the overall Meloche Road project is still ongoing.

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.

Town council approves tender for Pickering Dr. work



By Ron Giofu


Town council has approved a $1.1 million tender for watermain and road improvements to Pickering Dr.

The tender was awarded to SLR Contracting Group Inc. with manager of engineering Todd Hewitt stating watermain work should take six to eight weeks when it gets started. The pavement improvements and intersection work would come after that. The town used Hrycay Consulting Engineers Inc. for its engineering work, Hewitt noted.

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In his report to town council, Hewitt pointed out the watermain work will go from King St. to Dalhousie St.

“The watermain on Pickering Dr. has experienced significant breaks in the past. This watermain is critical infrastructure that services a number of large commercial properties that require water to operate. It also currently services four apartment/condominium buildings along Pickering Dr. with another soon to be constructed east of Sandwich St.,” Hewitt stated in his report.

There will also be intersection improvements at Pickering Dr. and Sandwich St. S. with Hewitt noting those improvements will consist of new traffic signals, poles, pedestrian signals, sidewalks and curb upgrades.

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).

“Replacing the traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Sandwich Street and Pickering Drive will bring the intersection into compliance with the provincial AODA regulations. Relocating the traffic signal poles and cabinet will better protect them from vehicular damage,” said Hewitt, in his report.

The town had set aside just over $2 million for the project in the 2017 budget. That left $967,301.16 remaining in the total project budget. Hewitt recommended that those savings be used to reduce the issuance of future long term water debt and reduce the 2018 gas tax usage.

“This will be addressed with council during the final reporting of the project,” he stated in his report.