Alma St.

Road work coming to Concession 5



By Ron Giofu


The town has awarded a tender for over $222,000 in order to complete road work on in the rural areas of town.

The project is under the town’s 2018 surface treatment program with Shepley Road Maintenance Limited being awarded the tender, which came in at $222,198.75 plus HST.

Two areas of Concession 5 South will get treatment, including the stretch from County Road 20 to South Side Road and from Alma St. to County Road 18. Concession 5 North will receive treatment from County Road 10 (Middle Side Road) to 250 metres north.

“In addition, this tender included an item for applying a surface treatment to sections of asphalt roads as a form of crack sealing. The application will be one metre (three feet) wide and will be utilized on areas where the traditional crack sealing method is not practical,” stated a report from manager of roads and fleet Eric Chamberlain. “The amount of spray patch will be 1 metre wide and 10,000 metres (10 km) long.”

Councillor Rick Fryer wanted confirmation that town council could approve such a project as they are in a lame duck period. He asked administration if they could give their OK to the report since it was already included in the 2018 budget.

“That is correct,” responded CAO John Miceli.

Amherstburg police officer struck by vehicle

An Amherstburg police officer has been injured after being struck by a vehicle in the early morning hours of Monday morning.

The Amherstburg Police Service states that at approximately 2 a.m., the officer was struck by a Nissan Sentra while standing near his police cruiser as he was conducting an investigation in the 4600 block of Alma St.

The officer sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and is in stable condition. Amherstburg police adds that collision reconstruction investigators are on scene and the 4600 block of Alma St. remains closed between Concession 5 North and Concession 5 South until further notice.

Amherstburg police adds that this area is expected to remain closed for several hours and an update will be provided when further details are available. (UPDATE: At 11:10 a.m. Monday, Amherstburg police tweeted that the road is now open.)

Town receives funding to add more bike lanes



By Ron Giofu


The Town of Amherstburg is hoping to add one, or perhaps two, new bike lanes thanks to funding it has secured from the province.

Amherstburg has secured $97,259.51 from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program and town council has authorized administration to enter into a transfer payment agreement with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) to obtain the funding.

Both projects identified qualified for OMCC funding, manager of engineering Todd Hewitt stated in his report to town council, with those projects being the installation of paved shoulders on Alma St. from Meloche Road to Fryer St. and the installation of a second bike lane along County Road 20 from Dalhousie St. to Front Road South (Amherst Pointe).

“There is currently no budget dollars assigned to either of the eligible projects and one or both of the projects will be included in the future budgets for council consideration,” Hewitt said in his report to council. “The project(s) must be completed by December 30, 2020 to utilize the OMCC funding.”

Hewitt said the Alma St. project carries an initial estimate of $487,500 with 40 per cent of that project eligible for CWATS funding from the County of Essex.

A paved shoulder/bike lane on the other side of County Road 20 – that stretch has a bike lane on the east side of the road – has an initial estimated cost of $500,000, said Hewitt. That project would also be eligible for 40 per cent funding through CWATS.

Unless the CWATS committee expands the number of identified projects they wish to pursue, this would be it for Amherstburg’s share of projects.

“Once these two programs are done, from a CWATS perspective, we’re done,” advised Hewitt.

Councillor Leo Meloche said more needs to be done in the McGregor area, believing there is a need for more paved shoulders and trails to allow McGregor residents better walking access to parks. Councillor Rick Fryer agreed, saying there are areas of McGregor that need to be connected to ERCA’s Cypher Systems Greenway. That greenway trail runs through McGregor.

Rumble strips headed to Alma St./Howard Ave. intersection



By Ron Giofu


Both sides of Alma St. will feature rumble strips at the Howard Ave. intersection with the aim of improving safety in the area.

Councillor Leo Meloche brought the issue forward at the last town council meeting after having it addressed the intersection’s safety previously. Statistics were available at the most recent meeting from the Amherstburg Police Service.

“We average about an accident a year, sometimes none,” said Chief Tim Berthiaume. “I am working with Mr. (Mark) Galvin on improving safety in the area.”

Berthiaume suggested one measure could be flashing lights on the stop signs.

Mark Galvin is the town’s manager of planning, development and legislative services.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said statistics show that, between 2008-17, either there were no collisions at the Howard Ave./Alma St. intersection or there were none. The exception was 2015, when there were four collisions. Some of the accidents are rear-end collisions, he added.

“The data says it is not an excessive accident area,” said DiCarlo.

Galvin said they have to “peel the onion” and examine all factors in the accidents as well as determining whether there is commonality among the accidents. The solutions the town come up with should include measures that address the accidents that are actually happening.

The town resolved to ensure rumble strips are carved into the roadways on both sides of Alma St. to ensure drivers know they are approaching the intersection.

An two-vehicle accident in late-September at that rural intersection claimed the life of a 58-year-old Harrow woman.

Amherstburg police investigating fatal crash


The Amherstburg Police Service are investigating a two-vehicle collision at a rural intersection that has resulted in a fatality.

The Thursday morning collision closed the intersection of Alma St. and Howard Ave. and Amherstburg police reported early Thursday afternoon that one person died as a result of the crash. Police say the collision occurred around 7:50 a.m. between a 2014 black Honda Civic that was eastbound on Alma St. and a 2013 black Mazda 3 that was northbound on Howard Ave.

Amherstburg police say that a 58-year-old Harrow woman, who was driving the Mazda 3, was pronounced deceased at the scene. Police have not released a name.

The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police add.

The Amherstburg Fire Department and Essex-Windsor EMS also attended the scene. A hydro pole was knocked down as a result of the collision, the fire department stated via its Twitter account.

The road was closed for several hours but has since re-opened. Amherstburg police say the investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Amherstburg police at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers at 519-258-TIPS (8477).