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Henry Huotari, Project Manager with Delcan Corporation, provided information on the Highway 24 reconstruction project from Highway 53 to 600 metres north of Highway 403, including replacement of the Whiteman's Creek Bridge.

Henry Huotari, Project Manager with Delcan Corporation, provided information on the Highway 24 reconstruction project from Highway 53 to 600 metres north of Highway 403, including replacement of the Whiteman's Creek Bridge. All of the alternatives for this project have been reviewed and the detailed design study is underway to improve the overall operation and safety of this road. Huotari outlined the proposed highway improvements and bridge replacement, noting the results of environmental and archaeological resources reviews. A groundwater and water well study is currently underway. Huotari reviewed the proposed detour route using county roads during the estimated four-month construction period. The design and construction report will be ready for public review and environmental clearance in the spring of 2010, with preliminary work to start in the fall of 2010, construction and road closure during the summer of 2011, and final completion in 2012, subject to provincial funding.

In response to questions, Huotari advised that the proposed detour routes will undergo an inspection by MTO and county staff prior to the routes being implemented. He noted some of the options that the county may wish to consider to reduce vehicles from using local roads that are not on the detour route. Due to the fact that grades are being changed at the bridge and pre-constructed bridge components are being used, it will not be possible to keep the bridge open during the construction period. He also noted that traffic counts do not support increasing the road to four lanes at this time, or installing turn-lanes at Bethel or Robinson roads. The radius of the road has been increased at these two intersections to facilitate truck traffic. Members of council expressed their concern that turn lanes should be incorporated into the road design to improve safety for the large volume of vehicles using this road.

The presentation was forwarded to public works staff to prepare comments to be submitted to the Ministry of Transportation regarding the need for turning lanes. It was also agreed that staff would arrange a meeting with the Minister of Transportation at the ROMA/OGRA conference to discuss this matter.
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Title Annotation:County Council BRIEFS
Publication:Paris Chronicle (Paris, Canada)
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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