2017 will be a busy year for London’s fifth season — construction season.
In a report going before the civic works committee next month, city staff outline their top 10 construction projects for next year.
The city projects to spend $179 million next year as part of its capital infrastructure program that includes $67 million for road improvements, $78 million for sewer improvements and $34 million for water improvements.
The major infrastructure projects for 2017 will be spread out across the city.
The top 10 road projects include:
- Western/Wharncliffe Rail Diverson (from Aug 2017-March 2018, budget TBA)
- Dundas Street (from April-Oct 2017, budget $6 million)
- Veterans Memorial Parkway (from April-Oct 2017, budget $6 million)
- Sarnia Road (from April-Oct 2017, budget $6 million)
- Wonderland/Highway 402 (from April-Oct 2017, budget $7.7 million)
- Byron Baseline Road (from May-Oct 2017, budget $3 million)
- Baseline Road East (from April-Oct 2017, budget $3 million)
- Queens Ave Bike Lane (from May-Oct 2017, budget $1 million)
- Beachwood (from April-Oct 2017, budget $2.6 million)
- Tributary C (from April-Nov 2017, budget $8 million)
The top ten road projects will cost at least $61.3 million with the budget for the Western/Wharncliffe Rail Diverson not yet determined.
The staff report says the 2017 road construction jobs will result in 85 lane km of road reconstructed, 25 km of sanitary and storm sewers and 13 km of water main rebuilt.
There will also be 10 km of water main and 13 km of sewer trenchless lined.
City projects aren’t the only road works that will impact traffic. There are three major projects that will be ongoing in 2017 that will result in traffic issues.
Development of the former Kingsmills Building by Fanshawe College, which began in 2015, will continue in 2017 with reduced lanes and road closures on Carling for construction. There will be reduced lanes due to the construction of a high rise at Talbot and Dufferin and reduced lanes on Southdale for the construction of the Southwest Community Centre.
Staff say while road projects have been scheduled in an effort to minimize social impacts on traffic, commuting around the city will be impacted. Londoners are encouraged to plan ahead and use patience in construction zones.