High­way work wrap­ping up for win­ter

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Front Page - KARENA WAL­TER

The fore­cast may be call­ing for snow, but driv­ers can take some so­lace — the end of con­struc­tion sea­son is near­ing.

Some ma­jor high­way projects that have di­verted and frus­trated St. Catharines driv­ers will wrap up in the com­ing weeks. Some of the work will be done for good while other projects will re­sume in the spring.

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion said sev­eral ramps along the QEW cor­ri­dor in St. Catharines are ex­pected to re-open to traf­fic by mid-De­cem­ber, weather per­mit­ting.

They in­clude the On­tario Street on-ramp to the QEW Toronto-bound, High­way 406 north on-ramp to QEW Fort Erie-bound and the South Ser­vice Road on­ramp at Mar­tin­dale Road to QEW Fort Erie-bound.

MTO spokesper­son Ka­t­rina Lalor said in an email the same ramps will close again in May 2019 un­til work is com­pleted that fall.

The work, which be­gan in April, in­volves the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of sev­eral bridges along the high­way in St. Catharines and Lin­coln, in­clud­ing Hen­ley, Fif­teen Mile Creek, Six­teen Mile Creek and cul­verts east and west of Vic­to­ria Av­enue.

Ramps at Vic­to­ria Av­enue and Jor­dan Road in Lin­coln that were closed be­cause of the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Fif­teen and Six­teen Mile Creek bridges will also re-open in mid-Novem­ber, along with some lanes that were re­duced on the QEW. Con­struc­tion will re­sume in the spring and be done in sum­mer.

In down­town St. Catharines, work on the Westch­ester Av­enue bridge over High­way 406 that started in May will con­tinue un­til De­cem­ber. It will be­gin again in April 2019 and fin­ish up in Novem­ber. The MTO is plan­ning re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for bridges at Westch­ester Cres­cent, Westch­ester Av­enue and Twelve Mile Creek next year.

In Thorold, things are about to get back to nor­mal on St. David’s Road where a re­lo­ca­tion project has been on­go­ing.

The High­way 406 north ramp on St. David’s is ex­pected to be opened on Nov. 17. The St. David’s Road West ramp to High­way 58 south will also be opened that day.

Work on the High­way 406 un-

der­pass at St. David’s Road is sched­uled to be done by Dec. 18. Pedes­trian ac­cess that is cur­rently on the south side of the road and in­cludes de­tours around the con­struc­tion will be lo­cated on the north side af­ter that date.

The min­istry isn’t the only au­thor­ity wrap­ping up ma­jor projects for the win­ter.

The city has just com­pleted its wa­ter­main re­place­ment on busy Glen­dale Av­enue from Ja­cob­son to Glen­ridge.

Dan Dil­lon, city di­rec­tor of trans­porta­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices, said there are a few more wa­ter­main re­place­ments un­der­way, in­clud­ing on Park and Green­wood av­enues.

Ni­a­gara Re­gion and city’s down­town two-way con­ver­sa­tion is also on­go­ing.

En­bridge Gas is work­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion of Geneva and Church streets un­til the end of Novem­ber to re­place a valve and a con­trac­tor will be on site into De­cem­ber.

The project will pick up again in the spring and will in­clude the Geneva and St. Paul streets five­point in­ter­sec­tion sec­tion.

“Is this the end of con­struc­tion sea­son? For us, it never re­ally ends,” Dil­lon said.

“It just kind of evolves into new projects.”

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