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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.

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.

Male and female sought after two-vehicle crash



The Amherstburg Police Service is on the lookout for a male and a female after both allegedly fled the scene of an accident Friday afternoon.

Amherstburg police states that around 4:50 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a two-vehicle collision at County Road 9 (Howard Ave.) and County Road 10 (Middle Side Road). A gray 2000 Pontiac Grand Am was southbound and struck an eastbound white 2016 Jeep Cherokee, police state.

Following the collision, police say that a male and a female were observed fleeing from the scene towards Fox Glen Golf Course. They were then picked up by a newer four-door charcoal gray Ford Fusion which then headed northbound on Howard Ave. towards Windsor.

The male is described as white, mid to late 20’s, thin build, clean shaven, blonde brush cut, with tattoos on his neck, wearing black clothing. The female is described as white, mid 20’s, approximately 5’5″, medium build, with medium length reddish brown curly hair wearing black clothing.

The driver of the Jeep was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the collision or the male and female occupants of the Grand Am is asked to contact police at 519-736-3622 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8744 (TIPS).

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).

Section of Alma St. to be closed for most of October


For those who use Alma St. regularly, be aware that a stretch near McGregor will be shut down for roadwork for most of October.

The Town of Amherstburg awarded a contract for the rehabilitation of Alma St. between Howard Ave. and Walker Road to Coco Paving Inc. in July with the cost being $921,755.31. This work will result in a road closure. The construction is also expected to include a wider shoulder to the road.

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The town states this work is anticipated to commence starting next Monday (Oct. 3) and the area between Howard Ave. and Walker Road will be considered construction zone. Work is anticipated to be complete by Oct. 29, the town states.

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.”