Te­cum­seh in­ter­sec­tion get­ting ‘long over­due’ $6.9-mil­lion over­haul

Windsor Star - - CITY + REGION - JULIE KOTSIS jkot­sis@post­media.com twit­ter.com/JulieKot­sis

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.

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