Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rehabilitation of Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg being recommended

A rehabilitation project for Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg is being recommended to Council by Municipality of Chatham-Kent administration.

Also, staff is recommending that Chatham-Kent submit the project through the Ministry of Transportation Connecting Links Program.

A staff report indicates “based on the current condition of infrastructure” within Chatham-Kent’s Connecting Links, it was determined that the rehabilitation of the pavement on Dufferin Avenue, between the McNaughton Avenue and Lisgar Street intersection to 100 metres west of Walnut Street, was the project that was “best suited” for submission under the program.

Staff says this project was submitted previously in the 2017/2018 Connecting Links application, but was not successful.

“Based on the results of the previous geotechnical report, Cold in Place Recycling is the most feasible option,” said Chris Thibert, director of engineering, in a staff report.

“In addition to the pavement structure any items that are deficient including curb and gutter, sidewalks, catch basins, sewers and watermains will be replaced as part of this project. Any innovative or sustainable construction practices will be reviewed, which is part of the application process.”

Thibert said in his report the Municipality received notice on August 14, 2020 regarding the eligibility to submit projects under the Connecting Links Program.

“The maximum amount of funding available is up to 90% of eligible project costs or $3-million per road project (whichever is lower) and new for this round, up to $5-million for bridge projects,” Thibert said.

“The applicant is required to contribute the remaining 10% of eligible project costs and pay for all ineligible project costs.”

Council is set to vote on the staff recommendations at their upcoming electronic meeting, being held on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and can be LIVE streamed, here.

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