Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Windsor is making a significant investment in Cabana Road, making improvements both east and west to enhance the corridor for passenger vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.
“There’s no doubt that 2020 has been an exceptionally successful year and a productive year for road and sewer improvements,” Mayor Drew Dilkins said, announcing the project. “This year, despite the overwhelming and unprecedented challenges that we have all faced because of the pandemic, everything really came to align in support of getting these projects not only off the ground, but completed as well.”
See the announcement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twK1qjfSLxs&feature=youtu.be
As the only continuous east-west arterial roadway in South Windsor, the reconstruction of Cabana Road was identified as a priority in both the Windsor Area Long-Range Transportation Study and the Bicycle Use Master Plan. Long championed by Mayor Drew Dilkens, city council approved a budget of $46 million for multi-phase improvements to the Cabana/Division Corridor.
Phase 1 of the project involved Cabana Road East from west of Provincial Road to Howard Avenue. Phase 2 concentrated on Cabana Road from Howard Avenue to Dougall Avenue.
Mayor Drew Dilkens and City Engineer Mark Winterton provided public updates last week on the progress to date and what happens next in Phases 3 and 4, which will see work from Dougall Avenue to Highway #3 that is similar to the work completed in phases 1 and 2.
By 2025, Cabana Road will be widened to four traffic lanes, featuring more than 6 kilometres of bicycle lanes and sidewalks in each direction, from St. Clair College to the Windsor International Airport.
Improvements to date include:
- Road widening to four lanes with buffered bike lanes
- New sidewalks on both sides
- New streetlight poles on south side
- Driveway/boulevard restoration
- Water main upgrades
- New storm sewer installation
- Sanitary sewer rehabilitation
- Drainage improvements which incrementally decreases the risk of basement flooding.
“Connecting St. Clair College in the west, with the airport in the east, with retail, residential in between, Cabana Road is now a major thoroughfare for our entire community,” Dilkens said. “I’m proud that our Council has prioritized continued investment for expanding infrastructure, which creates vibrant, healthy communities.”