Multiple roads to be closed as city reduces sewer overflows in Hamilton


Published April 21, 2023 at 1:44 pm

Residents should be aware of multiple upcoming road closures in Hamilton that will last for several months.

The City is beginning work on underground sewer chamber upgrades in the Westdale community to reduce the number of combined sewer overflow incidents occurring in Red Hill Creek and the Cootes Paradise nature reserve.

The work is considered Phase 2 of the City’s Real-Time Control project. Weirs and sensors will be added to two Westdale sewer chambers to direct sewer flow (such as during rainfall) to the City’s main wastewater collection system, improving water quality at the creek and reserve.

Road closures will begin on Thursday, April 27 at the following locations:

Sterling Street closed between Forsyth Avenue and Whitton Avenue

  • During the closure, motorists should detour around the work zone using King Street and Forsyth Avenue.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be maintained using the south sidewalk.
  • Cyclists wishing to travel along Sterling Street can do so but are asked to dismount and walk their bike on the south sidewalk when crossing through the work zone.
  • HSR Routes 1A, 5A/C and 51 that usually travel along Sterling Street will be on detour in both directions using King Street. Temporary bus stop signage will be installed along King Street.
  • The closure will remain in effect for approximately four months, wrapping up by mid-August, 2023, weather permitting.

Glen Road closed between Macklin Street and Tope Crescent

  • Access to Glen Road on either side of the work zone will be maintained.
  • During the closure, motorists and cyclists looking to access properties east of 55 Glen Road should detour around the work zone using Macklin Street to Carling Street.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be maintained via a temporary sidewalk.
  • HSR will not be impacted by this closure.
  • The closure will remain in effect for approximately five months, wrapping up in October 2023, weather permitting.

“Following the full road closure timeframes, intermittent periods of lane restrictions will take place while final steps in the project are completed extending into 2024,” the City said in a statement on Friday.

Once the work is complete, the City estimates that overflows to Cootes Paradise will be reduced from an annual average of 12 to zero at the Glen Road location and from 12 to two at the Sterling location (representing an annual average of 7,061,000 litres of combined sewage being diverted), while overflows to Red Hill Creek will be reduced from the annual average of 10 to zero (representing an annual average of 70,744,000 liters of combined sewage being diverted).

More info on this project is available at the City’s website.

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