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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.


Essex County council approves early release of $5.7 million worth of road projects



By Ron Giofu


Essex County council has approved the early release of $5.7 million worth of road projects, four of which will impact Amherstburg.

The remainder of the $11.2 million worth of road projects will be debated during next month’s budget deliberations.

Director of transportation services/county engineer Tom Bateman said the practice of releasing funds early has been one that has worked out well for the county.

“We’ve met with excellent success over the years,” Bateman told county council, “and we’re looking for similar success in 2018.”

In his report to county council, Bateman noted “an increase from 2017 in the expenditure level of the overall rehabilitation program in the amount of $579,200 has been included for 2018 providing a total funding of $11,221,400.” The increased funding is supported through a $320,000 annual incremental increase, a $156,280 Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) increase and a gas tax agreement of $102,920.

The four projects planned for Amherstburg, all designated for early release, include structural deterioration rehabilitation for the Canard River bridge on County Road 20, a culvert replacement on County Road 20 at Concession 7 South, pavement rehabilitation on County Road 8 between Howard Ave. and Walker Road and pavement rehabilitation on County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave. The latter project will also include paved shoulders, which is also part of the County-Wide Active Transportation System (CWATS) plan.

County Road 18 between Concession 6 South and Howard Ave. is scheduled to be repaved, including paved shoulders, in 2018.

The estimates on those projects are $190,000, $675,000, $500,000 and $510,000 respectively.

Leamington Mayor John Paterson questioned the 25-year capital expansion plan, which he said sees only nine per cent of $322 million in roadwork proposed for Leamington, Kingsville, Essex and Amherstburg. According to Paterson, 91 per cent of it is planned for Tecumseh, LaSalle and Lakeshore.

“It certainly doesn’t seem very equitable across the county,” said Paterson. “I’m not looking for answers tonight. I just want to bring it up because I think it’s important.”

Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara indicated the issue dates back to when a portion of what is now Tecumseh was given over to Windsor. McNamara said Tecumseh has been “very patient” as it awaits resolution to some of its roadway issues.

“The amount of traffic that goes through our community is very high,” said McNamara. “Obviously you’ve got to take a bus tour to the north end of the county to see how traffic really moves.”

Bateman said there are capacity issues in the northern part of the county, stating there isn’t the same level of capacity issues in the southern portions of Essex County that need addressing.

As it relates to the capacity expansion program, Bateman wrote in his report: “County Council has adopted a financial forecasting tool to address the roadway expansion requirements as identified in the Essex Windsor Regional Transportation Master Plan, updated for inflationary considerations, along with estimates, based on recent reports, for the expansion costs of selected high volume highways. The model is premised on 1.5 per cent levy increases through 2018 to accommodate the approximate $400 million of infrastructure. In 2012, the financial model was amended to identify and prioritize expansion requirements exclusive of senior government funding and grade separations. In order to accommodate 100 per cent municipal funding, the schedule has been elongated to 2040 to manage the financial burden within reasonable limits of the county levy.”


Essex County council OK’s early release of funds for infrastructure repairs



By Ron Giofu


Essex County council has authorized the early release of millions in funding for road projects, two of which will have a significant interest for Amherstburg residents.

Nearly $6.7 million of the county’s road budget was released at last Wednesday night’s meeting in Essex with the overall budget being just over $10 million for rehabilitation work in 2016. Budget deliberations will occur next month.

The two projects impacting local residents include one in McGregor and one in River Canard, the latter being the rehabilitation of the Canard River bridge near St. Joseph Church. That project is estimated to cost $430,000.

The other project is the pavement rehabilitation of Middle Side Road, otherwise known as County Road 10, from Howard Ave. to Walker Road. The estimated cost for that is $505,000.

The River Canard bridge rehabilitation project is one of two projects county council has given "early release" for funding. It is one of two projects that impact Amherstburg drivers.

The River Canard bridge rehabilitation project is one of two projects county council has given “early release” for funding. It is one of two projects that impact Amherstburg drivers.

County engineer Tom Bateman explained that the annual process to have funds released prior to the approval of the budget are to try and obtain better pricing for the county when the project actually goes to tender as well as to lock in a better schedule for the work.

Exact costs and schedules won’t be known until the projects go out for tender later in the year.

Essex County’s 2016 rehabilitation program includes four preservation projects, two bridge engineering projects, four culvert rehabilitation and replacement projects, five culvert engineering assignments and 17 road rehabilitation projects.

“The 2016 rehabilitation program represents a preliminary program at a funding level provided by the original baseline $5,000,000 allocation and funds available from the Gas Tax Program for 2016 and planned series of incremental increases moving the annual program towards the $11,200,000 target funding level. The Gas Tax allocation of $2,161,320 plus the $7,850,890 base amount established a program value of $10,012,210 for 2016,” Bateman stated in his report to county council.