Meloche Road

Most town roads will require rehabilitation within ten years

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The town’s roads are OK now, but a lot of work looms on the horizon, according to a consultant.

Kyle Edmunds from Dillon Consulting appeared before town council last Tuesday night and presented an updated roads needs report and while that report deemed the roads to be in “fair” condition, it was also determined that 83 per cent of the town’s roads need to be rehabilitated within ten years.

To combat that problem, the town agreed to a plan that would see $1.41 million committed annually over ten years to road work to help combat the deteriorating road system and get some of the more urgent projects completed.

Of the 226.48 kilometres of roads the town controls, about 30.5 per cent need work now while 23.3 per cent need work in the next 1-5 years. About 29 per cent need work within 6-10 years while the remained don’t need work for beyond a decade.

Less than four per cent of Amherstburg’s roads are considered to be in “excellent” condition, as compared to 20.16 per cent in LaSalle and 15.6 per cent in Tecumseh. As for roads in “good” condition, there are 23.38 per cent of roads in Amherstburg in that category as compared to 45.82 per cent in LaSalle and 29.7 per cent in Tecumseh.

Amherstburg has 16.75 per cent of its roads classified in “fairly good” condition with just over 22 per cent of LaSalle’s roads in that category. Tecumseh has 25.5 per cent of its roads classified as “fairly good.”

As for roads in “fair” condition, 27.72 per cent of Amherstburg’s roads fall in that category, as compared to 11.31 per cent in LaSalle and 23.9 per cent in Tecumseh. Amherstburg has nearly 29 per cent of its roads classified as “poor,” as compared to less than one per cent in LaSalle and 5.3 per cent in Tecumseh.

Tecumseh has 181.4 kilometres of road while LaSalle has 187.56 kilometres. They were used by Dillon Consulting as comparators as the firm did roads needs studies in those two municipalities as well over the last few years.

Expect to see more construction signs over the next decade as the town’s road system requires a lot of work. Meloche Road (pictured here, earlier this summer before the road re-opened) is one of the more recent projects the town has undertaken.

Councillor Leo Meloche wondered why the entire focus was on repairing roads that need it now as he said some priority should be put on some of the roads in the 1-5 year category. The poor roads are already poor but the roads in the 1-5 year category will soon join them if not tended to quicker.

“We’re always chasing our tail,” said Meloche.

Councillor Diane Pouget said she didn’t want residents to think it was a “doom and gloom” situation, and added Amherstburg has more roads than Tecumseh and LaSalle.

“That does make a difference,” she said.

Provincial downloading also made a difference, she suggested.

“I think the municipalities started getting into trouble when the province started downloading to us,” she said.

Councillor Rick Fryer pointed out chunks of cement are coming off of Angstrom Dr. and Victoria St. S. is also deteriorating. There are heavily travelled roads like Concession 2 North that are also in disrepair, calling that road “a thoroughfare to LaSalle. It’s one of the worst roads but people use it.”

Traffic counts should not be the only factor in choosing where road projects should be done, Fryer added, as smaller roads need attention too. He said the town should focus on roads instead of “not needed purchases.”

CAO John Miceli called an increase to $1.41 million annually “significant” and said challenges will be ensuring there are enough contractors to do the work and what prices the town gets when projects are put to tender.

“I would suggest the market will indicate where we are going to be,” he said.

Miceli added he would like to see $120,000 in the crack seal program budget to prolong the life of some of the roads.

Councillor Jason Lavigne said the current council has done a lot of road repairs in its first three years.

“I think this council spent more on roads than the last four councils combined,” he said, noting Texas Road and Meloche Road have been upgraded.

Lavigne wanted to know “what will keep politics out of this” when choosing where and when projects get done. Edmunds said all roads have been classified based on a pavement condition index (PCI) and that shows what roads are in the worst condition.

Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale also stated that more roads have been repaired this term whereas “in the past, we didn’t do so much.

“Everyone has seen the number of roads that have been fixed in the last little while,” said DiPasquale.

The last complete roads needs study was done by Dillon Consulting in 2003 with a condition assessment update done in 2013.

Closure of Meloche Road/Lowes Side Road intersection starts Aug. 28

 

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed to all traffic commencing Aug. 28 as part of the ongoing Meloche Road project.

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed for one week starting Aug. 28.

The intersection of Lowes Side Road and Meloche Road will be closed for one week starting Aug. 28.

The town announced that this latest closure is expected to last one week. Detour routes will be posted.

Work on the overall Meloche Road reconstruction project will be ongoing through to November 2017, town officials add.

Meloche Road is still closed between Lowes Side Road and the Simcoe St. and Simcoe St. to Alma St. The intersection of Meloche Road and Lowes Side Road closes for one week starting next Monday (Aug. 28).

Meloche Road is still closed between Lowes Side Road and the Simcoe St. and Simcoe St. to Alma St. The intersection of Meloche Road and Lowes Side Road closes for one week starting next Monday (Aug. 28).

The town reminds residents that during construction traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Please slow down and obey all traffic signage.

The intersection of Simcoe St. and Meloche Road re-opened Aug. 11 after a two-week closure that was originally planned as a four-week closure.

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.

Knobb Hill Dr. joins road closure list

 

The Town of Amherstburg has announced that Knobb Hill Drive will be closed to all traffic between McLellan Ave. and Whelan Ave., for approximately two weeks.

The closure is to facilitate road reconstruction. The work is anticipated to be completed by June 23.

As part of the next phase of Kingsbridge subdivision, the town states that 175 metres of Knobb Hill Drive will be reconstructed, including bike lanes and a multi-use trail.

The town reminds residents that during construction traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Please slow down and obey all traffic signage.

This closure comes as Meloche Road is also being reconstructed. The town has advised that the section of Meloche Road between Simcoe St. and Lowes Side Road will be closed until November as part of that $4 million project. The town received $2 million in grant funding for the Meloche Road work.

As part of the latter project, those going to the Libro Centre are advised they should start using the temporary entrance located off of Simcoe St., just east of the Meloche Road intersection.