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County council approves more tenders for road work

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Essex County council has approved further tenders for roadwork later this year.

After already approving a tender a few weeks valued at $1,549,708 plus HST for five road projects involving “cold in-place recycling with expanded asphalt mix,” county council followed that up with another tender for the actual asphalt resurfacing – or “hot mix resurfacing” – for the next phase of those projects.

Those projects under the most recent tender, valued at $4,687,770 plus HST, include the previous five projects among which were the stretch of County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave. and County Road 8 between Howard Ave. and Walker Road.

County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave. is scheduled to be repaved, including paved shoulders, in 2018.

The latest tender for the hot mix resurfacing went to the Mill-Am Corporation. The tender price came in under the engineer’s estimate of $4,718,000.

The County of Essex is also in the midst of rehabilitating the County Road 12 bridge over the McLean Drain, just east of Walker Road. Director of infrastructure services/county engineer Tom Bateman noted the work does require a complete bridge closure.

“The scope of work on this project includes the replacement and repair of the concrete wing walls, repairs to the underside of the concrete bridge deck and abutments as well as pavement preservation. The proposed works will not require a road closure as temporary traffic control signals will be utilized to maintain a single lane of traffic over the bridge for the project’s five-week duration,” Bateman stated in his report to Essex County council.

The County Road 12 bridge project was awarded to Front Construction for a total tender amount of $193,200 plus HST. That is up slightly over the engineer’s estimate of $190,000.

 

Road and bridge work coming to Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Essex County council has approved tenders that will lead to road and bridge work being done in Amherstburg when the warmer weather hits.

County council awarded a tender to Coco Paving Inc. valued at $1,549,708 plus HST for five road projects, two of which impact Amherstburg. The roadwork, described in a report from director of engineering services/county engineer Tom Bateman as “cold in-place recycling with expanded asphalt mix,” will see the pavement redone on County Road 8 between Howard Ave. and Walker Road.

The county performed work on County Road 8 last year between River Canard and Howard Ave.
The second project that impacts Amherstburg will see County Road 18 redone between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave.

Much like County Road 8, County Road 18 also had work done on it last year with that seeing a new road surface and paved cycling lanes put in between Meloche Road and Concession 6 South.

The other three projects that the County of Essex will be doing under this tender include County Road 20 between Dimenna Drive and Kratz Road in Kingsville, County Road 34 between Road 3 and Highway 3 in Kingsville and County Road 46 between Richardson Sideroad and County Road 37 in Lakeshore.

County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave. is scheduled to be repaved, including paved shoulders, in 2018.

There will also be lane restrictions on the Canard River bridge on County Road 20 later this year. Bateman noted that the scope of work on the bridge includes the replacement of the easterly barrier wall.

“The proposed works do not require a road closure,” Bateman stated in his report to county council. “A similar project was undertaken in late 2017 on the west barrier wall system.”

The tender for the bridge work was awarded to Facca Incorporated at a total tender amount of $163,200 plus HST.

“We anticipate starting this work early in the spring,” said Bateman.

Essex County council also voted to dispose of property it owns at 970 County Road 41. Formerly known as the Harrow Yard, it was used since 1999 for equipment storage and part of the traffic signal maintenance operations.

County CAO Rob Maisonville said the Harrow Yard was appraised at $418,000. It is no longer needed since the West End Depot on North Side Road in Amherstburg was commissioned as the new yard combines both the Harrow Yard and the Gesto Yard.

The county will retain the Gesto Yard as it serves as a temporary response post for Essex-Windsor EMS during periods of providing balanced emergency coverage for Amherstburg and Essex.

County approves tender for series of road projects, including some in Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Tenders for a series of road projects have been approved by Essex County council.

Director of transportation services/county engineer Tom Bateman confirmed that county council approved a $2.2 million tender – plus HST – from Coco Paving for six road projects. Two of the projects are in Amherstburg with one being County Road 8 between Howard Ave. and the Canard River with the other being County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and County Road 5 (Meloche Road).

The exact nature of the project is a cold in-place recycling with expanded asphalt mix.

Other projects around the county covered by this tender include one on County Road 23, another on County Road 27 and two on County Road 46.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

Bateman said he was not yet sure about start dates for the projects, but he believed it most likely will be in mid-May.  The projects will be done in a pair of phases, Bateman added.

“These roads after being recycled will be paved with new asphalt so there is a step two to the work that follows the recycling,” Bateman told the River Town Times last Thursday. “County Road 18 will receive paved shoulders during the second phase of work.”

The project is strictly the pavement recycling at this point with asphalt overlay to follow, Bateman also pointed out.

Bateman pointed out in his report to county council that the tender results “are aligned with the engineer’s estimate.” The original estimate for the projects were $2.5 million.

Essex County council pre-approves roadwork, some of it coming to Amherstburg

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The County of Essex has a proposed infrastructure rehabilitation project budget of over $10.6 million and a good chunk of that has been approved prior to budget.

County council recently agreed to the early release of just shy of $6.1 million for some of its 2017 road rehabilitation projects, though there were some members around the table who wanted a better system to decide what roads the county should look after.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

One municipality that did not have its representatives voice concern was Amherstburg, as there were projects approved for early release while others have to wait until later in the year.

Projects on County Road 8, bordering both Amherstburg and LaSalle, are estimated to be about $700,000 in total with the bulk being a 3.5-kilometre pavement rehabilitation job from the Canard River to Howard Ave.

The other project approved for early release was an estimated $700,000 project on County Road 18 (Simcoe St.). That pavement rehabilitation project is roughly 3.9-kilometres and runs from Meloche Road to Concession 6 South.

Those in opposition to the list of road projects included LaSalle Mayor Ken Antaya. Antaya pointed out that, aside from the County Road 8 work, his municipality receives little attention. He believed the county road network needed a further look and was in favour of setting up meetings to hash out a new plan for county roads.

“There’s no fairness to the system,” said Antaya.

Antaya believed more importance should be placed on a new plan for the county road system.

“We need to get this going,” said Antaya. “I don’t want this brushed aside. I want to schedule a meeting. We haven’t done a thing.”

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

County Road 8 is one of the county road projects that had funds granted early by Essex County council.

County CAO Brian Gregg told Antaya that trying to find meeting dates when all county council members can meet is often a challenge but Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara suggested he was even willing to meet on weekends.

Tecumseh Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti proposed meeting Jan. 18 and said he couldn’t support the current project list either. He added that a county transportation plan needs to be worked on as soon as possible.

Among the infrastructure projects scheduled later in the year for Amherstburg are a culvert on County Road 20 at the South 7th Concession Drain and a pavement rehabilitation project on County Road 41 from County Road 20 to County Road 50. The estimated cost of those two projects are $50,000 and $290,000 respectively.

Amherstburg police investigating fatal accident

 

(UPDATE — Friday, Nov. 18 — Amherstburg police have now identified the 30-year-old man that was struck and killed Thursday morning. Investigation has indicated the victim is 30-year-old Adam Pouget of Amherstburg. Amherstburg police stated Friday that Pouget was either walking or riding a skateboard near the shoulder of the westbound lane  on his way to work to a job site in Amherstburg with Tilbury Concrete. He was struck and killed by an eastbound silver Ford Focus that police say was passing another vehicle on County Road 18. Police say that visibility conditions were “extremely poor” due to fog. Speed and weather conditions are factors in the crash, police add. The driver of the Focus, a 23-year-old Amherstburg man, has been charged with adult causing death by criminal negligence. The driver was released on a promise to appear and has a Dec. 20 court date.)

 

The Amherstburg Police Service is currently investigating a collision that occurred Thursday morning.

Amherstburg police confirmed that a 30-year-old Amherstburg man was fatally struck on County Road 18 (Simcoe St.) at approximately 6:40 a.m. He was struck by a 2011 Ford Focus that was travelling eastbound, driven by a 23-year-old Amherstburg male.

According to the Amherstburg Police Service, the Focus was attempting to pass another vehicle when it struck the 30-year-old male in the westbound lane. Police say the 30-year-old male was travelling westbound on a skateboard.

Const. Steve Owen and Sr. Const. Viktor Burany investigate a fatal crash that took place the morning of Nov. 16 on County Road 18.

Const. Steve Owen and Sr. Const. Viktor Burany investigate a fatal crash that took place the morning of Nov. 16 on County Road 18.

The Amherstburg Fire Department tweeted at 7:22 a.m. that the road had been closed. Police had County Road 18 closed between Meloche Road and Concession 4 South but stated the road was re-opened around 12:25 p.m.

Visibility is believed to have been a factor, police add.

The area had been blanketed with fog this morning.

The 30-year-old male was pronounced deceased on scene. The 23-year-old driver of the Focus was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

Amherstburg police say the investigation is ongoing and have yet to release the name of the victim. No further information was available as of 1:20 p.m. Thursday.

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated from the original version to provide additional information released by the Amherstburg Police Service.)