Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Mississauga’s construction season is underway following council’s approval of a staff report recommending all construction projects within the roads and stormwater capital programs are essential under Ontario Regulation 82/20 – Closure of Places of Non-Essential Businesses.
There are 21 planned construction projects and eight continuing from 2019, including road resurfacing, sidewalk and multi-use trail construction, bridge repairs, creek and erosion control work and construction of new stormwater management facilities.
“In the midst of COVID-19, it is critically important that we are able to move people and goods safely and efficiently through our city. It will also be key to our competitiveness once we restart the economy,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As Mississauga continues to grow and mature, it’s important that our key infrastructure be kept in good repair. Thanks to residents who are doing their part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, our roads are experiencing lighter traffic, making this an ideal time to give them the attention they deserve while making progress on other key construction projects.”
Identified construction projects involve repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure, including roads, bridges and stormwater management ponds. Pot hole filling, sidewalk and curb repair and spring clean-up efforts are already underway.
“The health and safety of our workers and contractors is our top priority,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We will be closely monitoring and working with our contractors to ensure that all projects operate according to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and its regulations as well as the on-site best practices recommended by public health officials.”
Ongoing maintenance work also continues on the city’s 5,600 kilometres of roads.
“While road improvements are underway, residents are asked to be patient and are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternate routes to avoid traffic delays,” said Helen Noehammer, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Engineering Services. “If out walking or cycling, residents are reminded to use extra caution around construction sites, not to enter work sites which have been closed to the public, respect all work site barricades and signage and practise physical distancing around workers and others at all times.”
2020 Planned Construction Projects:
- Residential road resurfacing – approximately 87 streets amounting to 29.5 km
- Major and industrial road resurfacing – approximately 16 streets amounting to 12.1 km
- Creek and erosion control work:
- Cooksville Creek (four different locations)
- Mary Fix Creek
- Etobicoke Creek
- Dredging and maintenance of six stormwater management ponds
- Construction of two new stormwater management facilities located at:
- Sandalwood Park
- Tacc Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard
- Trunk sewer rehabilitation
- Repair of four bridges:
- Brookhurst Road bridge over Sheridan Creek
- Pedestrian bridge over Central Parkway East (south of Bloor Street)
- Financial Drive bridge over Levi Creek
- Lushes Avenue bridge over Sheridan Creek
- Other work:
- Construction of 823 m of new noise walls
- Construction of 3.98 km of new sidewalks
- Construction of 4.3 km of new multi-use trails
- Construction of Low Impact Development to manage stormwater runoff – Erindale Village