Overpass and Roundabout a GO-GO at Hale & Trafalgar Intersection

January 30, 2010 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

Board of control unanimously recommended Wednesday morning the proposed construction of an overpass at the Hale-Trafalgar intersection, a project that could start within weeks.

About 23,000 vehicles cross the intersection of Hale and Trafalgar streets each day, according to the city. The multimillion-dollar project will include a roundabout, a first for a major London intersection. The city is building the $16.3-million overpass to ease traffic tie-ups where the two streets meet the CN tracks. It will feature a traffic roundabout, a first for a major London road.

That report recommends the city award the construction job to London company McKay-Cocker, which came in at the lowest of four bids — about $10 million for its part of the project. Most of the rest of the project’s costs are for engineering and land purchases.

If council approves the contract at its meeting Feb. 1, construction could start as early as Feb. 15. Pat McNally, the city engineer, said he expects the project to be completed by March 31, 2011.

Stage 1, from February to roughly June:

  • Hale north and south closed at the CN crossing.
  • Hale and Trafalgar on south side of tracks closed.
  • Trafalgar eastbound closed to Hale.
  • Trafalgar westbound to Hale northbound changed from one way to two-way to allow traffic.

Stage 2, from June to roughly end of November.

  • Link from both Hale and Trafalgar on north side will also be closed to all but local traffic; westbound traffic on Trafalgar will be redirected south on Clarke Rd. to Highbury Ave.

The city wants the asphalt laid by November so the project is completed by the March 2011 deadline for federal infrastructure money.

About 30 property owners had to sell their property for the overpass to be built. All but two have agreed, with those two going through expropriation.

It’s about time this extremely confusing intersection gets a roundabout! It was a ripe candidate.

Source: LFPress.com and LFPress.com

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