TRAFFIC | Construction begins on Red Hill Valley Parkway next week

This is the last weekend before construction starts on the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

The Red Hill Valley Parkway has come under scrutiny since officials in Hamilton uncovered a buried 2013 report detailing dangerously low friction levels along the busy stretch of road that has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years. Several of those crashes have been fatal.

City staff have since apologized.

In reaction to that report, the road will be repaved starting with the northbound lanes on Tuesday.

All northbound lanes will be completely closed for three weeks between the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway at Mud St/Stone Church Road and the QEW.

Construction in the southbound lanes begins in mid-June.

Some of the improvements will include resurfacing, 10 km of new steel beam guide rails, and rumble strips.

In the meantime, the city of Hamilton is facing a $250 million class action lawsuit on behalf of drivers who've crashed on the Red Hill.