Major Hamilton intersection faces traffic clog due to sewer work


Published January 5, 2023 at 6:12 pm

Drivers who use two arterial roads in north-end Hamilton can expect “noise, dust and restricted traffic movement” due to sewer repairs that are scheduled to begin on Monday (Jan. 9).

A notice to residents and businesses in and around Burlington St. E. and Wellington St. N. that was posted today (Jan. 5) explains that the sewer outfall in the area, and all associated public works assets, are slated for work. It is not anticipated that the project will require closures of the two busy streets, which connect the northeast industrial sector of Hamilton with the downtown and Hamilton Mountain. some signals could be installed on either end of the work zones to assist with traffic movement.

The first stage of the $1.083-million project, which was awarded to Lancoa Contracting, begins next week and is expected to take until March 3 (weather permitting). The second stage is scheduled from May 1 to June 30. The public letter, signed by public works department construction manager John Cowperthwaite, asks residents in the area “who have a medical condition or any physical conditions that may require special attention” to contact the city as soon as possible. Such queries can be made to the department’s construction section (905-546-4313).

The sewer outfall is about 70 metres from the intersection. Lancoa is tasked with removing and reinstalling the railway infrastructure, curb and gutter and concrete island near the outfall, as well as installing a new sewer roof topping. The landscape and asphalt will also be fully restored before the project is completed. Lancoa’s contract with the city also calls for the work to only be performed in dry conditions, and not while sewers are fully flowing due to rainfall or snowmelt.

A copy of the public advisory was shared by Ward 2 Coun. Cameron Kroetsch on Google Drive on Thursday. It includes contact numbers for residents who have concerns to share with the city.

(Cover image: Google Street View.)

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