Thursday, October 29, 2020

Connecting Links application being submitted for Dufferin Avenue project

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be submitting an application to the Ministry of Transportation’s Connecting Links Program, for a rehabilitation project for Dufferin Avenue in Wallaceburg.

Council unanimously approved staff recommendations during their electronic meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 to move forward with the application.

A staff report indicates administration will submit the application to the MTO, complete with supporting information, prior to the November 6, 2020 deadline.

“If the MTO indicates that the project is successful, a contribution agreement provided by the Ministry will need to be executed,” a staff report indicates.

“If successful, the design for the project would be carried out in 2021 with a construction tender award in the spring of 2022.”

If approved, the project would consist of the rehabilitation of the pavement on Dufferin Avenue, between the McNaughton Avenue and Lisgar Street intersection to 100 metres west of Walnut Street.

“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.”

During Monday’s meeting, Thibert said this project would compliment a previously announced rehabilitation project by the Province, for Highway 40 from west of Wallaceburg to south of Stanley Line in Lambton County.

“It would tie right into where the MTO is going to be leaving off,” Thibert said.

“We were not anticipating any gaps in between the two projects with the roadway.”

Thibert added in his report the maximum amount of funding available is up to 90% of eligible project costs or $3-million per road project, whichever is lower.

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