Sandwich Street reconstruction and $1 Million streetscape enhancement
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As part of the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, just over three kilometres of Sandwich Street will be reconstructed by Bridging North America (BNA). Sandwich Street reconstruction will stretch from south of the Rosedale Avenue roundabout past Ojibway Parkway to McKee Avenue. This work will be undertaken in a phased approach starting in September 2023 with the goal of achieving full completion in 2024. Once complete, the City of Windsor will be responsible for maintaining the street.
The Sandwich Street reconstruction activities will take place in three phases.
Phase 1 – Starting fall 2023 and ending in spring 2024
Phase One will include Sandwich Street from the Perimeter Access Road surrounding the Canadian Port of Entry to the Ojibway Parkway intersection. This will include re-paving of the roadway, installation of a storm sewer, ditch filling and construction of an asphalt multi-use path, which will eventually connect into the Canadian Port of Entry.
Phase 2 – Starting September 5, 2023, for a duration of 14 weeks
Phase Two will include Sandwich Street from Ojibway Parkway to Chappell Avenue. This phase will include re-paving of the roadway, sidewalks and construction of an asphalt multi-use path.
Phase 3 – Scheduled to begin in 2024
Phase Three includes Sandwich Street from Chappell Avenue to Chewett Street, just south of the Rosedale Avenue roundabout and includes asphalt paving and sidewalks.
Phase 2 Activities
Anticipated to start September 5, 2023, Bridging North America will close southbound Sandwich Street between Ojibway Parkway and Chappell Avenue. One lane of northbound traffic will remain in place. During this closure, businesses located on this section of Sandwich Street will be accessible via northbound Sandwich Street only. This closure is anticipated to be in place for 14 weeks in duration.
Detour routes are in place as follows:
- No detour is required. One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.
Southbound traffic will detour to Huron Church:
Vehicular traffic will turn east on Prince Road and follow it to Huron Church Road
Commercial (truck) traffic will turn east on Prince Road and then east on Tecumseh Road to Huron Church Road.
Once traffic has reached Huron Church Road the detour ends. Huron Church Road can be followed to reach the intended destination of EC Row Expressway, Highway 401, Ojibway Parkway or addresses on Sandwich within the construction work area.
Efforts will be undertaken to assist with safe and effective traffic flow through the area during this work. Detours will be well signed with radar speed signs in place. Traffic authorities have been engaged to support enforcement as needed and additional school crossing guards will be located at key intersections. Trucking companies in the area have also been asked to use a modified detour route along College Avenue to Huron Church Road in addition to the designated Prince Road detour to further reduce traffic congestion through this area.
Measures are being taken to minimize the impact of construction in accordance with the commitments in the approved Environmental Assessment Report and Federal Screening Report in Canada. Construction mitigation measures include:
Bridging North America will roll out a vibration monitoring program that will monitor construction impacts to nearby structures. Vibration monitoring could include placing monitoring equipment around or inside heritage structures to track levels of vibration and prevent damage.
Bridging North America will minimize dust during construction by:
- conducting ongoing dust monitoring,
- regular road sweeping and watering,
- use of tarps for material transport, and
- assessment and accommodation of activities during periods of high winds, as needed.
Construction equipment will be well maintained, and all efforts will be used to reduce noise during the construction period.
As part of the project’s Community Benefit’s Plan, the project will invest an additional $1 million to further enhance the Sandwich Business Improvement Area.
During the month of February 2022, the project team collected community feedback through a survey to help prioritize how the $1 million should be invested.
Survey respondents were asked to rank these four categories of investment areas:
* Photos are illustrative examples only and do not reflect actual design
The project team is reviewing the responses to identify the areas most prioritized by the community. While the overall street design will include features from all four investment categories, additional funding will focus on those areas most important to the community.
The project team will work with the City of Windsor to ensure their approval of designs, which are anticipated to be publicly shared in 2023. Construction of the BIA district is anticipated for 2023.