Sandwich Street to be fully closed in both directions on Saturday
A heads up for drivers on Saturday.
Bridging North America will close Sandwich Street in both directions, between the Essex Terminal Railway easement and Chappell Avenue for paving activities.
Heather Grondin, Chief Relations Officer for the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, says it's the area where they've been working since September.
"That closure will be from about 3 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the purpose of the closure is to do some concrete work. And really to be able to do that safely because the machine that's being used is quite large. So it wouldn't be safe for us to move traffic through that corridor while that work is going on," she said.
Signage is up for the detours that will be in place tomorrow.
Southbound traffic will detour to Huron Church Road:
- 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 E.C. Row Expressway, Highway 401, Ojibway Parkway or addresses on Sandwich Street within the construction work area.
Northbound traffic will be redirected prior to entering Sandwich Street:
- Vehicular traffic coming from Ojibway Parkway (northbound) will continue on E.C. Row Expressway (eastbound) and exit on Huron Church Road northbound, turn northwest onto Prince Road and continue toward Sandwich Street.
- Vehicular traffic coming from E.C. Row Expressway(eastbound) will exit on Huron Church Road northbound, turn northwest onto Prince Road and continue towards Sandwich Street.
- Commercial (truck) traffic coming from Ojibway Parkway (northbound) will continue on E.C. Row Expressway (eastbound) and exit on Huron Church Road northbound, turn west onto Tecumseh Road W, northwest onto Prince Road, and continue toward Sandwich Street.
- Commercial (truck) traffic coming from E.C. Row Expressway (eastbound) will exit on Huron Church Road northbound, turn west onto Tecumseh Road W, northwest onto Prince Road, and continue toward Sandwich Street.
Grondin says this closure is all about making sure the work is done in the time frame they've established.
"It's progressing very, very well, and this closure on the weekend is going to help us maintain that schedule," she continued. "We understand the weather, the temperatures going to be a little bit nicer this weekend, so it's going to be a great opportunity for us to get some of our concrete work done."
Officials say they don't currently have any other days like Saturday planned for the rest of the project, but that could change depending on the weather.
Grondin says they've given advance notice to hopefully mitigate the impact.
"As soon as the closure is done, we're going to go back to our one-lane direction. And we do ask people to please drive through that one lane that's open very, very safely. Be aware of our workers, and just be cognizant of the speed limits as you drive through the area," she said.
Following the one-day closure, traffic will return to the current one-lane northbound configuration.
Officials are hoping to have the overall project completed by December.
- with files from AM800's Rob Hindi