The city’s roadwork czar says this year’s construction is short-term pain for long-term gain.
Projects like the widening of Hyde Park and Commissioners Roads have caused headaches for commuters throughout the summer.
But Edward Soldo with the City of London says that pain will be well worth it when things are all said and done.
“This has been a very large construction season in terms of the amount of money the city’s been investing. The number of projects we’ve done this year amounts to about $174-million of investment in water, wastewater, and transportation infrastructure. A large number of projects also have been quite complicated in terms of their nature, a lot of work being done underground.”
Soldo said they’re seeing a “gradual increase” in the amount of money going towards infrastructure as the city continues to grow.
“A key component of that is to really get rid of some of those pinch points we have on some of our roadways. So a lot of the work you’re seeing today are road widenings of sections of our transportation system that really have had, historically, bottlenecks in congestion along those sections: Hyde Park, Fanshawe, Commissioners, they’re all projects that are needed to provide greater capacity in the system.”
Construction on Hyde Park Rd. is expected to wrap up in the next couple of weeks, while the work along Commissioners Rd. is scheduled to be finished in November.