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.

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