Dominion Boulevard construction could be wrapping up early

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Good news for drivers in Windsor.

Construction on a busy stretch of road covering storm sewer, water main, pavement, and street lighting rehabilitation work could be wrapping up ahead of schedule.

Dominion Boulevard has been closed from Northwood Street to Ojibway Street since early August, and it was supposed to stay that way until the end of December.

But Ward 10 councillor Jim Morrison says things are looking good for the project to be finished by the end of next week as everyone involved has been working hard.

"I won't say 100 per cent, but yes I really believe it will be finished by the end of next week. I've been going by there talking to the project managers there, and they know that's my expectation. With the weather we're getting right now I don't think they have too much of an excuse to not get it done," he said.

The project was supposed to begin at the start of July, but was delayed due to contractor backups.

Morrison was at the site on Thursday to have a first hand look at how things are going, and while people may think the paving is the big part he says workers can get it done in a couple of days.

He says really all of the heavy work is underground.

"Sewers, a new water main, it's a lot of utility work underground so it's mostly hidden but right now the pavement is basically done and the contractor that's doing the cement work is one of the last pieces," Morrison continued. "So some of the people still don't have access to their driveways and the sidewalk on the west side needs to be done."

Another big piece of the project according to Morrison is the addition of a signalized intersection at Dominion and Ojibway.

He says it's a big feature of the project, as people that live in the subdivision behind Holy Names High School will now have an intersection with a green light to get out of the area, because it's traditionally been tough to get in and out of.

Given it's a busy stretch, and that the majority of the construction has taken place during the school year, Morrison wanted to give credit to the people on Longfellow Avenue especially for their patience while crews work.

"That road was not meant to be the detour, it's a rural road, and it's been used as a detour by everyone. I know they're looking forward to it being finished, and I'll be meeting with the city engineer to talk about how we can put some repair work on that road because it's taking a beating right now," he said.

Other improvements include removing the ditches in the area, widening the road, putting in a turn lanes so no one holds up traffic, and there will be new bike lanes as well.

The total cost of the project was $5.5 million.