road closures

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.

“Amherstburg Alert” to improve notification for residents

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

In the event of an emergency or even a community event, the town has entered into a partnership for improved notification.

The town is now working with Everbridge, described by the town as “the worldwide leader in unified critical communications,” to create “Amherstburg Alert.” That system will allow for quicker notification on emergencies through landline telephones and devices of residents’ choosing.

However, the town states it can be used for other alerts over and above emergencies such as road closures, water and utility maintenance and community events.

Amherstburg fire chief and community emergency management coordinator (CEMC) Bruce Montone said residents have flexibility on what notifications they receive and how they receive them. People can choose what types of notifications they want and the methods they are received and in what order. Should someone want notifications by phone call, text message, e-mail, fax or another method, Montone said the system can accommodate that and go in the order if the resident’s choosing.

“We’ve pre-loaded the system with the white and yellow pages,” said Montone, adding Essex Powerlines has also shared its database.

There are 13,000 phone numbers currently entered into the “Amherstburg Alert” system, but Montone said people are encouraged to visit www.amherstburg.ca/alert and register their cell phones, e-mail addresses, fax numbers and any other information they wish in order to get notifications.

The town will be divided into zones for those needing help getting registered for the “Amherstburg Alert” system. The dates are specified above for when residents can visit the Libro Centre. Help centre hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those not requiring assistance can register at www.amherstburg.ca/alert.

The town will be divided into zones for those needing help getting registered for the “Amherstburg Alert” system. The dates are specified above for when residents can visit the Libro Centre. Help centre hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Those not requiring assistance can register at www.amherstburg.ca/alert.

Emergency notifications are the default setting, he said, but people can choose other types of notifications when they sign up.

There are also internal uses for the Everbridge software, including letting staff know whether to open the emergency operations centre or the ability to target specific streets or neighbourhoods with notifications.

“We can also look at how many people got the notifications,” said Montone.

Montone said if a notification was sent out to 1,000 people and 500 are known to have actually seen it, there are options to send the notification again to ensure people receive it.

People can register now, but those without Internet access or those needing assistance can go to the Libro Centre over four days in August. Dates are Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 11 and Aug. 14, depending on what zone a person lives in. The zones are based on the waste collection calendar, Montone said.

Registration for the help centre for “Amherstburg Alert “will open Aug. 8 for those found in the Tuesday area of town. Following Aug, 8 will be Aug. 9, Aug. 11 and Aug. 14. It will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each of those days at the Libro Centre. For questions regarding the help center, please call Fire Station 1 at 519-736-6500. Administration is open from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The information provided is protected, Montone added, and that people have their own passwords when they register that the user determines. He added the system will work best if people keep their information updated.

Everbridge has employed similar systems in Tecumseh, Leamington and Kingsville, Montone said, with LaSalle to join in the fall. The cost to register is free to the users, but costs the municipality $10,000. It is money Montone believes is well worth it.

“If there is any kind of emergency, communication is vital. This is a significant improvement to be able to communicate with the public,” he said. “We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably

as possible. The Everbridge emergency notification system allows Amherstburg to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”

“A resilient, comprehensive critical communications system is an essential tool for towns that need to notify thousands of residents and businesses rapidly and efficiently,” said Jaime Ellertson, CEO of Everbridge in a press release. “Everbridge is proud to have been selected by Amherstburg as a critical component of its public safety and emergency response program.”

Knobb Hill Dr. joins road closure list

 

The Town of Amherstburg has announced that Knobb Hill Drive will be closed to all traffic between McLellan Ave. and Whelan Ave., for approximately two weeks.

The closure is to facilitate road reconstruction. The work is anticipated to be completed by June 23.

As part of the next phase of Kingsbridge subdivision, the town states that 175 metres of Knobb Hill Drive will be reconstructed, including bike lanes and a multi-use trail.

The town reminds residents that during construction traffic disruptions may occur and some delays may be experienced. Please slow down and obey all traffic signage.

This closure comes as Meloche Road is also being reconstructed. The town has advised that the section of Meloche Road between Simcoe St. and Lowes Side Road will be closed until November as part of that $4 million project. The town received $2 million in grant funding for the Meloche Road work.

As part of the latter project, those going to the Libro Centre are advised they should start using the temporary entrance located off of Simcoe St., just east of the Meloche Road intersection.

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.”

Town agrees to road closures for Sept. 9-11 WE Harvest Festival

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Town council has given the green light for road closures around Fort Malden National Historic Site for the upcoming Windsor-Essex Harvest Festival.

The festival is planned for Sept. 9-11 with the weekend road closures to include Laird Ave. from Elm St. to North St., Fort Malden Dr. from Laird Ave. to Dalhousie St. and Dalhousie St. from Fort Malden Dr. to North St.

Chris Gibb, speaking on behalf of the WE Harvest Festival committee, said the road closures will help relieve congestion around Fort Malden and ensure pedestrian safety. While residents would be let into the areas, the committee wants to minimize the number of vehicles around those streets.

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Volunteers would man the gates and allow residents access to their homes, he stated.

“It’s our hope that this event will attract 8,000 to 10,000 people to Fort Malden over the weekend of Sept. 9, 10 and 11,” said Gibb.

Councillor Diane Pouget expressed concern with the plan, stating there are seniors in that area who could have to walk farther to get to their homes. She also opposed waiving fees, which council ultimately agreed to do, as the committee didn’t ask for that.

“I think we are opening up to be precedent setting,” she said. “This organization didn’t ask for this. I feel we are going too far.”

Clerk Paula Parker addressed an insurance question from Councillor Leo Meloche by stating the Harvest Festival is not an official town event but insurance is needed due to the road closure.

“All events on town property need an insurance certificate,” said Parker.

The fee for the road closure that was waived is $224.78 for each of the three days.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo declared conflict during this portion of the meeting and Deputy Mayor Bart DiPasquale assumed the chair.