Chet Greason, email@example.com
Commuters between Stratford and St. Marys can expect some delays come this September.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) plans to continue its rehabilitation of Highway 7, from Perth Line 9 to the western limits of Stratford, beginning this fall.
Plans include complete pavement reconstruction, drainage and culvert improvements, and entrance modifications. However, not included in the schedule for this fall are the proposed roundabouts at the intersections of Perth Line 20 and 26.
After the MTO consulted the public in November of 2012 and a transportation environmental study report was conducted in 2013, the project has since been divided into two phases. Though the roundabouts are still slated to be built, construction won’t actually begin on them until the summer of 2016 at the earliest.
According to MTO communications coordinator Liane Fisher, the delay is meant to give the MTO a chance to obtain all environmental clearances and property acquisitions needed to construct the roundabouts.
In the meantime, repaving and other improvements will continue. The MTO does not plan to detour drivers during construction, but will instead reduce traffic down to a single lane and manage right-of-way through flagging.
An update provided by the MTO to Stratford council adds that “in order to expedite completion of the construction, some work may be conducted beyond normal working hours.”
The first phase of the highway reconstruction, completed in late 2013, included two roundabouts around St. Marys.