City officials signalled the official close of a busy road construction season yesterday, and applauded crews for 16 completed projects.
The year’s focus was on improving infrastructure in city neighbourhoods, resulting in enhancements both small and grand-scale.
Arguably the most impactful endeavour was that of the 23 Avenue and Gateway Boulevard interchange. The recently completed project allows for traffic to flow freely under 23 Avenue.
Construction began last February on the deck of the 120,000-vehicle-a-day Quesnell Bridge, which officials called the “busiest traffic disruption” facing the city.
Work is expected to wrap up in December.
Preventative maintenance was completed this year in neighbourhoods including Glengarry, Elmwood, Brookside, Kildare and Forest Heights by resealing roads.
Ogilvie Ridge, Sakaw, Meadowlark and Lendrum were the subject of overlay and reconstruction, including road and sidewalk repaving and replacing street lights.
The 2010 construction season will resemble that of the previous year, with a focus on neighbourhood renewal, said roadways construction manager Barry Belcourt.
Costs are funded through property taxes, provincial funding and cost sharing with property owners.