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.

Turtle nest alters work schedule on Concession 3 North


By Ron Giofu


The discovery of a turtle nest has altered a culvert project on Concession 3 North.

The turtles and the turtle eggs have been discovered near a driveway culvert in River Canard. Shane McVitty, drainage superintendent and engineering co-ordinator with the town of Amherstburg, said they were made aware of it in June when the turtle came out onto the banks of the ditch and laid eggs.

“The issue was brought to our attention by residents in the area,” said McVitty.

The project was only recently impacted, however. McVitty stated the town notified a biologist and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) about the matter.

Work on a Concession 3 North culvert project has been altered due to a turtle nest found in front of one of the homes.

Work on a Concession 3 North culvert project has been altered due to a turtle nest found in front of one of the homes.

McVitty said the town is being cautious and will work with the contractor and the biologist to ensure the nest is cared for properly.

“We haven’t come near the nest,” he said.

The project, which is the replacement of a number of driveway culverts, has seen work done in other areas along the roadway with the impacted area saved for last.

“It’s only been delayed by a couple of days,” he said of the project.

Having turtles lay eggs and delaying construction projects “certainly can happen,” but McVitty said it is the first time it has occurred on a project he has been involved with.

“This is egg-laying season, as I understand it,” said McVitty.

The entire project was estimated at having a two-week construction period.

Culvert rehabilitation projects to start Aug. 15 on Conc. 4 North and Texas Road

The town of Amherstburg is warning of pending temporary road closures as culvert rehabilitations are soon to begin.

The town recently awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of several culverts. This work will result in the following road closures:

  • Concession 4 North between the Alma Street and County Road 10
  • Texas Road between Concession 3 North and Concession 5 North

These road sections will be closed for the replacement of culverts at the Brown Drain and the Wismer Drain.

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Work is anticipated to commence starting Monday Aug. 15 and the above noted areas will be considered construction zones. Work is anticipated to be complete by Sept. 2.

During construction, residents are advised to reduce speed, obey all traffic signs, and watch for flag persons in construction zones.

The town thanks everyone in advance for their patience and cooperation while it complete this project. The town adds that “it endeavors to complete the work as quickly as possible to minimize disturbance and inconvenience.”