London city hall: Here’s where the top 10 summer infrastructure projects stand

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Eighty-five kilometres of road, 25 km of sewers: London’s nearly $180M capital works season is nearing a close, with most projects on time and on schedule. Here’s where the summer’s Top 10 projects stand:

Western-Wharncliffe roads rail diversion

Preparations for 2018 road widening, railway bridge replacement and rail diversion

Scheduled: Began in August, runs to March 2018

Actual: Phase 1 is on time. The full project is expected to be completed by next summer. Additional work will begin next year from Saunby Street to Platts Lane and is expected to be complete by summer 2019.

Traffic impact: Reduced lanes, road closings.

Dundas Street

Water main replacement, private drain repair, sanitary and storm sewers, sidewalk, curb and road work

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: Nov. 11.

Traffic impact: Road closings for two of three project phases.

Veterans Memorial Parkway

Road work, asphalt removal and replacement

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: Sept. 29.

Traffic impact: reduced lanes

Sarnia Road

Two-lane upgrade, water services, water main and storm sewer replacement, private drain connections, new sidewalks, curbs and gutters, bike lanes, asphalt

Scheduled: Until October

Actual: Oct. 31.

Traffic impact: Lane restrictions and delays

Wonderland Road/Highway 402

Two-lane upgrade

Scheduled: Until October

Actual: No recent update.

City also plans to expand eight-kilometre stretch of Wonderland to six lanes. Planning has begun, but project may not even start until 2020.

Byron Baseline Road

Water main replacement, new sidewalks and bike lanes, private drain connections, paving, new electrical conduit, curb, gutter work

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: Nov. 15.

Traffic impact: Reduced lanes, delays.

Base Line Road East

Water main, sanitary and storm sewer replacement, private drain connections, paving, curb and gutter work

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: Oct. 1.

Traffic impact: Reduced lanes, local traffic only

Queens Avenue

Adding bike lane.

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: On hold due to planning for bus rapid transit system. Part of bike lane, to be built on Colborne Street, slated to begin as soon as possible in the fall.

Traffic impact: Reduced lanes

Beachwood Avenue

Water main, water services, storm and sanitary sewer replacement, private drain connections, curbs, sidewalks.

Scheduled: Until October.

Actual: Partly completed, next phase expected to be finished Sept. 30 and another on Nov. 30.

Traffic impact: Road closing, intersection fallout.

Tributary C

Storm water management work, near Oxford Street West and Westdel Bourne.

Scheduled: Until November.

Actual: Finished mid-August

Traffic impact: Road was closed less than a week

The big picture

“Everyone is working together to get things done.” said Ugo DeCandido, the city’s division manager of construction administration. September is critical for roadwork and other seasonal projects, with most cosmetic work completed in the fall. Drivers should start to see a difference soon, he said.


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