Tecumseh intersection getting ‘long overdue’ $6.9-million overhaul
Significant traffic delays at Manning Road and County Road 22 are about to be addressed by a massive six-month, $6.9-million reconstruction project.
“It’s long overdue,” said Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, calling the county council decision to approve the long-awaited work excellent news.
“That’s the busiest intersection in the region. It’s now peaking at over 40,000 vehicles a day,” McNamara said. “It’s a question of not only moving the traffic, but it’s also about moving the traffic safely.”
Amico Infrastructures Inc. will begin work at the Tecumseh intersection by the end of the month, with an estimated completion date in November.
A right-hand turning lane from Manning to County Road 22 will facilitate traffic heading toward Lakeshore.
Left-hand turning lanes will be doubled to help eliminate “stacking up of cars” that sometimes ends up in the thru lanes, a situation McNamara called dangerous.
County Road 22 carries traffic to and from the E.C. Row Expressway, while Manning Road is a busy access route to Highway 401.
The cost of the project came in $500,000 above the engineer’s estimate but that was attributed to aggressive timelines and the complexity and staging of the project, said Tom Bateman, the county’s director of transportation services.
Construction will require partial closure of Manning Road for two to three weeks, but McNamara said the temporary closure will speed up the project’s completion and help to keep road workers safe. Lane shifts, temporary signals and grade changes can be expected.
“We’re going to ask people to be patient because there are some closures, especially the southbound lanes on County Road 19. For about two to three weeks it will be completely shut down,” he said. “So there will be no access coming off the 401 or going to the 401.”
Commuters and other drivers are asked to avoid the area as much as possible or be prepared for delays.
McNamara said the county has committed to a communication strategy to keep the public informed. Daily social media posts using the hashtag #CR2219 and weekly media updates will join traditional signage and programmable message boards.