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Tuesday June 19th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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With plans in the works to repave and street-scape Ottawa Street, one of the road’s unique characteristics will cease to exist.

Rumble strips — the brick crosswalks that produce a rumbling sound when vehicles drive over them, will be removed when plans to repave the street move forward.

The proposed road rehabilitation includes “reconstruction of the pavement from curb to curb and the replacement of the existing cross-walks at each intersection with standard asphalt.”

Councillor Fulvio Valentinis at the City of Windsor’s Capital Budget Meeting last night explained with regards to reconstructing Ottawa Street, “I hope that we can learn from the mistakes of the past. The rumble strips on Ottawa Street seemed like a good idea on paper, but in terms of practicality, [they] created certain issues both in terms of maintenance and in terms of disturbance to the residents.”

Valentinis also requested, “Can I ask us to get rid of those centre medians — for example at Ottawa and Hall — which are very narrow with a curb. Paint yellow lines. The cars will not cross over. It adds to the cost, it adds to everything else.”

Repairs and streetscaping on Ottawa Street are anticipated to take place in early 2013.

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