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:) Spring is in the air and, to the annual frustration of thousands of Londoners, so too are the sounds of road construction.

However, while drivers, homeowners and business operators prepare to deal with the delays and detours, city staff are working hard to not only minimize the impact of construction season, but to keep the public informed as well.

Justin Lawrence, construction administration division manager, says when it comes to the public’s dislike of road work the best thing the city can do is keep people informed.

“We try to do our best to keep people informed, to get the basic information out there. To help keep the communities directly impacted as informed as possible,” Mr. Lawrence says. “That’s what is so good about the city’s website. It has all the projects on there, all kinds of information. We still send out actual letters, details, start and end times, detours. We recognize closing roads brings significant social costs so we try to minimize the impact as much as we can.”

This season will see some $77 million spent on approximately 50 significant, full-street projects with the highest profile ones being on Oxford St. W, from Wonderland Rd. to Hyde Park Rd.; Airport Rd. from Highway 401 to Oxford St. E, Hamilton Rd. from White’s Bridge to Commissioners Rd. E and Commissioners Rd. E from Jackson Rd. to Airport Rd., and Fanshawe Park Rd. from Wonderland Rd. to Hyde Park Rd.

“This year is a particularly large one for road projects as we are getting both federal and provincial funding and there is considerable development work being done,” Mr. Lawrence says. “So this year will definitely be a busy one, but again, we try to minimize the impact on the public as much as possible.”





1. Oxford St. W from Wonderland Rd. to Hyde Park Rd.

Project cost: $13 million; construction cost $10 million; start date April 25; end date Dec. 1; no detour.

Work includes: Watermain and services, storm sewers, road rebuild, new curb and gutter and new sidewalks and bike paths

“It corrects a major transportation need, including a widening from two to five lanes with the dedicated turn lane,” Mr. Lawrence says. “Oxford being a major east-west corridor and with the extension having increased its use, the work needed to be done. It’s a total reconstruction.”

2. Airport Rd. from Highway 401 to Oxford St. E

Project cost $20 million; construction cost: $18.5 million; start date April 15; end date Dec. 1; no detour.

Work includes: Watermain and services, sewers and storm sewers, road rebuild (widening), new curb and gutter, new street lights and traffic signals.

“The widening of Airport Rd. is primarily a transportation issue, adding two separate lanes rather than just one on each side,” Mr. Lawrence says. “It’s rather unique in that it’s a 10 km. stretch of road. Oxford for example is about 2.5 km. It’s a major entrance to the city industrial areas on the east side and it sees a lot of truck traffic. We will be maintaining the signal intersections.”

3. Airport Rd. Industrial Park servicing (Hamilton Rd. from White’s Bridge to Commissioners Rd. E, Commissioners Rd. E from Jackson Rd. to Airport Rd.)

Project cost $6 million; construction cost $6 million; start date April 11 (Hamilton Rd.), May 5 (Commissioners Rd. E); End date Sept. 3 (Hamilton Rd.), Sept. 3 (Commissioners Rd. E). No detour.

Work includes: Watermain and services, sewers and storm sewers and road rebuild.

“We are creating industrial parks so we want to do all the servicing, provide all the links that are necessary, including the trunk watermain and sanitary sewer,” Mr. Lawrence says.

4. Fanshawe Park Rd. from Wonderland Rd. to Hyde Park Rd.

Project cost TBA; construction cost TBA; start date TBA; end date TBA; no detour.

Work includes: Road rebuild (widening), new curb and gutter, new street lights and traffic signals.

“The work is about a quarter done, it ties in with the work done last year. Again it’s a transportation need,” Mr. Lawrence says. “It was forecasted as a growth area and it certainly has exceeded predictions. That has accelerated the need to expand from two to five lanes.”
 

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riverside should be widened from woodward to wonderland. its four lanes out of downtown, and then its four lanes again at wonderland, i used to live right there and traffic was always backed up past woodward
 

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I believe Airport Road will be widened to a four lane arterial road like the Hanlon Expressway in Guelph, at least that is what somebody who lives there told me. But the Oxford Street widening is definitely needed to accomodate traffic that way and the road was in really bad shape. That's definitely good and someday it could eventually become an expressway. But thanks in part to the downloading of Ontario's cities/municipalities, and road systems, the expressway, which Airport Road was to become, never became of it.

A few roads that need to be worked at in London include, IMO, Western Road from Wharncliffe to Richmond, that should be widened, and that road is in pretty bad shape.
They should widen Oxford all the way from Hyde Park to Airport Road to have at least five lanes, two each direction, with a dedicated left turn lane. They have in some areas, though. Especially east of Highbury near First, Second, Third, and Clarke Roads, it should definitely be widen and repaved for college commuters. They should also widen Wellington Road to six lanes from the 401 to maybe downtown, but I don't know if it's possible, but you never know. Also, they could widen Wonderland Road to six lanes all the way from Fanshawe Park Road to the 402/401. Widening Commissioners Road to five lanes all the way through is a more smart idea to do, I have no idea why the city did not widen it all the way through. It's maybe cash-strapped and I can sympathize with that.
 

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Has anyone ever drove on Mill St (it's the street that the ceeps is on)? It's probably the worst road in the city.....much worse than western road between windemere and sarnia. They're going to ripping up that street and will be totally replacing it over the summer. It's a pothole wonderland.
 
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