Alma St.

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).

Windsor man dies as a result of Walker Road crash


The Amherstburg Police Service is investigating a single vehicle fatal accident that has claimed the life of a Windsor man.

Amherstburg police say the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Friday on Walker Road between Alma St. and County Road 18 (Simcoe St.).

A brown four-door Ford Taurus was travelling southbound on Walker Road when it left the roadway and struck a culvert in the west side of road. Police add the lone occupant of the vehicle – a 24-year-old Windsor man – was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

The Amherstburg Fire Department and Essex-Windsor EMS were also on scene.

Accident reconstruction officers are investigating the accident. Walker Road was closed for approximately five hours with police stating via Twitter shortly after midnight that the roadway had been re-opened.

No charges are expected, Amherstburg police state, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information or witnessed the accident is asked to contact the Amherstburg Police Service at 519-736-3622 or Windsor/Essex Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477.

Meloche Road reconstruction to begin June 5


The reconstruction of Meloche Road from Alma St. to Lowes Side Road gets underway Monday.

The $4 million project project – with nearly $2 million covered by an Ontario grant – includes bike lanes, a storm sewer and a multi-use trail in addition to a new road surface for drivers.

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

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The town is also requesting that residents take an alternate route while the Meloche Road reconstruction project is ongoing, if possible.

The town has constructed a temporary entrance to the Libro Centre off of Simcoe St., just east of the Meloche Road intersection, for use when the road is shut down.

Work on the Meloche Road reconstruction project will be ongoing through to November 2017.