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Infrastructure work to close Tottenham neighbourhood to traffic

Posted February 3, 2014

The scheduled installation of sanitary sewers, watermains, and forcemains to service the new subdivisions in Tottenham will require a "temporary full road closure" on Mill Street, between McCurdy Drive and 10 Sideroad, in March.

King City Group Ltd. and London Excavators & Trucking Ltd. have requested the road closure for the proposed gravity sewer, which will be approximately 8.5 meters deep and is located in the south lane of the 4th Line, "requiring a complex trenching strategy in order to construct the sewer within the available right-of-way," according to the report on tonight's council agenda.

Tottenham detour

"The Engineer concurs that it would not be possible to maintain one lane of traffic within the existing road platform during construction of this section of deep sewer. Furthermore, the geotechnical soils report indicates that the soil conditions have high moisture content at these depths, which would impact the soil stability," according to the report. "The contractor has advised that the deep sewer installation works within the roadway could be constructed within a maximum 10 working-day period. However the contractor cannot provide a definitive start date at this time, only advising that the works would be completed during the period between March 3 - 21, 2014. Therefore Staff is requesting that Council approve a 10 working-day road closure that is also not to exceed 12 consecutive calendar days during the period .... with the understanding that the road closure start on a Monday, whereby resulting in only one weekend being impacted by the road closure."

Among the issues:
  • Local residents will have uninterrupted access to their properties on either side of the full road closure zone via the proposed detour routes, although one driveway located at #6462 4th Line is within the full road closure zone and will be provided access during non-construction hours and an alternate parking area during construction hours.
  • Advance Notice Signage will be erected by the Contractor a week prior to the effective start date of the road closure.
  • The Contractor will be responsible under the requirements of the Contract to supply, place, and maintain all road closure and detour signage, barriers, and other related signs and materials required for the closures;
  • The Contractor will ensure that garbage pick-up will be uninterrupted by the closures.
  • The detour routes will incorporate Queen Street 3rd Line, 4th Line, and 10 Sideroad.
"Staff has been in contact with the Simcoe County School Transportation Consortium (SCSTC) to advise of the road closure. The proposed dates have been selected to incorporate the week of the March Break (March 10-14) in order to minimize the impacts to school bus routes. The SCSTC identified that approximately 25 students will be impacted by the closure and who will need to be picked up at a temporary bus stop at the intersection of 4th Line at the 10th Sideroad. The SCSTC will coordinate and communicate this impact with the applicable schools who will in turn advise the parents accordingly."

Also provisions are being worked out to ensure emergency services can access the closed portions during the impacted dates.

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