Nearly $53 million worth of projects on the books for 2013
By Mark Newman, News Staff
Now that the long, cold winter finally appears to be ending, Hamilton drivers can look forward to the construction season.
This year the city will be spending nearly $53 million to install new water and sewer pipes, fix bridges and reconstruct roads or build new ones at dozens of locations in Hamilton.
One of the biggest projects that won’t begin until the fall and take about a year to complete is the $12-$18 million Trinity Church Road extension that will see a new, two kilometre, four lane arterial road built from the top of the Stone Church Road ramp off the Red Valley Hill Parkway and extend almost due south where it will hook on to Rymal Road, just west of Trinity Church Road.
“It’s a lot of work that has to be done,” said Susan Jacob, manager of the design section in the capital planning and implementation division of the city’s public works department.
Part of the Rymal Road Area Planning Area master plan, the new road will include an eco passageway or bridge, about 35 metres wide, that will rise over Highland Road and allow for the small creek that runs between the Eramosa Karst land to the east and the Mountain Albion Conservation Area on the west side.
It will also serve as a runway for wildlife, including deer in the area, and a pedestrian pathway is in the works.
Final details of the plan are being worked out.
“We are still in talks with the (Hamilton) Conservation Authority,” Jacob said.
According to the 2006 master plan, the new road will carry 1,850 vehicles during the peak morning rush period and 2,100 vehicles during the peak afternoon rush period.
The city has acquired several hundred acres of land for the new road.
Other Mountain projects this year:
- Rymal Road betweenDartnall Road and Fletcher Road. June to October. This is a $12 million project to urbanize this stretch ofRymal Road Eastincluding curbs, storm sewers, sidewalks and water main work.
- Mohawk Road from east of Upper Wellington to west of Upper Wentworth. May to September. This is a $2.4 million road reconstruction and water project.
- Queensdale Avenue between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth and from East 27th to Upper Sherman. April to October. This $3 million road reconstruction and water project is a continuation of work along the central Mountain road that began last year.
- West 5th from the entrance to Mohawk College north across Fennell to Gateview Drive. May to October. This $6 million project is the third part of the plan to upgrade West 5th that began in 2012.
- West 5th, Stone Church Road to the Linc. May to September. This is a $4 million project is similar to the road and sewer work on other sections of West 5th and will include some sidewalk repairs.
- Chedmac Drive, Rice to Southridge Drive. May to September. The road will be reconstructed at a cost of $650,000.
- Upper James-Highway 6 April to Oct. This $3.5 million project will see the addition of a left turn lane in front of the Mountain Transit Centre and the installation of a park and ride facility at the centre.
- Thomson, Imelda and Helga Courts. June and July. This $810,000 project will see the water mains replaced and the roads resurfaced at those central Mountain cul-de-sacs.
- Fessenden Neighbourhood. This $3 million project is phase three of the plan to control flooding in the west Mountain area near SirAllan MacNab Secondary School. Road and sewer work will be done alongDaisy Street and Forestgate Drive between May and November.
- Centennial Parkway. Work is slated to begin around June on a $27 million project that will see road reconstruction and water work done on this busy artery fromKing StreettoArrowsmith Road. The work is slated to be completed before the Pan Am Games in July 2015.
The Canadian National Railway bridge over the road will also be replaced.
The city is planning a $10 million reconstruction of Concession Street between Upper Wellington and Upper Sherman.
Jacob said a preliminary design is in the works and a public meeting on the project will likely be held in June.
Reconstruction of Mountain Brow Boulevard between Oakcrest Drive and Mohawk Road, a $7 million project that includes road and sewer work on Broker Drive between Upper Kenilworth and the Mountain Brow, is slated to begin in the spring of 2015 and take about a year to complete.