Howard Ave.

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.”


Essex County council approves $2.2 million tender for new west end depot


By Ron Giofu


Essex County council is moving ahead with a new highway maintenance depot in Amherstburg.

The depot, commonly referred to at the county level as the “west end depot,” is going on a piece of land that the county purchased from Walker Aggregates during the last term of county council. The site is located on North Side Road, just east of Howard Ave.

The tender was awarded to Bear Construction and Engineering Inc. for an amount of $2.18 million plus HST.

This vacant piece of land on North Side Road, just east of Howard Ave., will be the site of Essex County's new west end depot. County council approved the tender for the main building July 20.

This vacant piece of land on North Side Road, just east of Howard Ave., will be the site of Essex County’s new west end depot. County council approved the tender for the main building July 20.

Director of transportation services/county engineer Tom Bateman said the first phase of the project was the intersection improvements at Howard Ave (County Road 9) and North Side Road. Those improvements, which included the installation of traffic lights and turn lanes, were completed in 2015.

Construction is expected to start soon on the main building.

“We’re anticipating substantial completion in mid-December,” Bateman told county council during Wednesday night’s meeting.

Final asphalt paving would be done in the spring of 2017. Proposals for the support buildings including the salt dome will be called in early 2017, Bateman added.

The current west end yard is located just south of McGregor, near the intersection of Walker Road and County Road 12. It is just inside the municipal boundaries of the town of Essex.