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Road projects coming to Amherstburg, one scheduled for early release



By Ron Giofu


The County of Essex has taken a look at its road projects scheduled for 2019 with some of the money needed being approved for early release.

Of the projects proposed for this year, four will impact county roadways either in or bordering on Amherstburg. One of those projects, pavement rehabilitation on County Road 20 between Howard Ave. (County Road 9) and County Road 50, was approved by county council for early release. The estimate on that project is $450,000.

Three other projects are on the schedule for 2019, though are not expected to be approved by county council until its budget deliberations. County council is scheduled to start discussing its 2019 budget later this month.

Essex County council has approved some of its 2019 road projects for early release. One of the projects approved prior to budget was pavement rehabilitation on County Road 20 between Howard Ave. (County Road 9) and County Road 50.

Other projects proposed for Amherstburg are repairing structural deterioration to the bridge at Big Creek on County Road 20 and a pair of culvert repairs – one on Malden Road (County Road 3) and another on Walker Road (County Road 11). The respective estimates for those projects are $60,000, $60,000 and $50,000.

There will likely be numerous repairs and upgrades to shoulders, existing paved roadways, culverts, guiderails, pedestrian crosswalks and signals at various locations around Essex County.

“The 2019 rehabilitation program has been developed with a level of expenditure of $11,770,250. The Annual Program, as well as the five-year rehabilitation program, supports the principles and objectives established in the Corporation’s Asset Management Plan,” stated Jane Mustac, the county’s manager of infrastructure services/engineer.

Mustac noted the total list of projects proposed for 2019 includes four preservation projects, two bridge rehabilitations, two bridge engineering assignments, two culvert rehabilitation/replacements, four culvert engineering assignments and 22 road rehabilitations.

The approved early release projects total an estimated $4.35 million.


County Road 20 facing road closure this week, another starting next week


The town is advising that County Road 20 will be closed between Front Road South and Concession 3 South to through traffic starting next Monday.

The closure is to facilitate the removal and replacement of a road crossing culvert. The town says this closure is expected to last approximately three days, weather permitting. Detour routes will be posted.

During this time, the town states that no access will be permitted through the construction zone. County Road 20 will remain open to local traffic only up to the road closure for eastbound and westbound motorists, but will not be permitted through the construction zone.

One road closure on County Road 20 east of Malden Centre has started while another County Road 20 road closure starts next week. (Photo from County of Essex Twitter page)

The town reminds residents that during construction, traffic disruptions will occur and some delays may be experienced. Please slow down, obey all traffic signage, and follow all posted detour routes.

The County of Essex has advised that another stretch of County Road 20 is now closed. The stretch of road between County Road 9 (Howard Ave.) and County Road 50 is now closed and will remain that way until Aug. 20. A culvert is being replaced in that area.

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.