Traffic Headaches to Continue on E.C. Row Expressway

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Construction on the E.C. Row Expressway continues.

Speaking on AM800's The Morning Drive, Mayor Drew Dilkens says the work which began last month is expected to take up to two months to complete.

"What we're doing and the reason traffic is being diverted is we're ripping up four layers of the original 49-year-old road and completely rebuilding it," says Dilkens.  "So it's over a $10-million project, it's going to take the better point for us to completely this work."    

Dilkens says the province downloaded the expressway to the city in 1997 and the current work being done is the largest investment made by the city since that time. 

"Certainly when it's done, I think people will be much happier with the condition of E.C. Row and it fits in nicely to the things that were talked about during the campaign, where we need to start planning for the upgrade of E.C. Row which will take a number of years for us to complete but this is part of the process," says Dilkens.    

The expressway is down to one lane in each direction between Huron Church Road and Walker Road.

Dilkens says at peak times, about 75,000 vehicles use the expressway per day.

The expressway is roughly 15.4 kilometres.

He says his overall goal is to see the expressway widened but an environmental assessment is needed.