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Monday March 23rd, 2015

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Last updated: Monday March 23rd, 9:33pm

Amherstburg Town Council is being asked to approve the paving of shoulders on two busy sections of road as part of the County Wide Active Trail Systems plan.

A section of County Road 5, from County Road 10 to Texas Road will be upgraded to include paved shoulders providing connectivity to existing paved shoulder facility along Thomas Road, proposed pathways along Texas Road and future ERCA/Chrysler Greenway.

The paved shoulder would utilize the existing gravel shoulder platform with a 1.5 metre wide asphalt pathway installed on the east and west side of County Road 5. The total estimated cost is $273,000.00. The County of Essex share would be 40%, or $109,200, with the Town of Amherstburg assuming the balance of the estimated costs being $163,800.

Paved shoulders are also proposed on County Road 20 form Lowes Side Road extending southerly to Dalhousie Street.

Town Administration says they have received several written requests for construction of pathways or sidewalks from residents of Seasons Retirement Community.

In 2014, an asphalt paved shoulder was installed on the easterly side of County Road 20 from Lowes Side Road to the Seasons Retirement Community. Although the installation of the paved shoulder on the east side of County Road 20 satisfies the requests made by residents of the Seasons Retirement Community it does not conform to criteria identified in the CWATS initiative, as they are not on both sides of the roadway.

Installation of a paved shoulder will provide connectivity between existing concrete sidewalks along Dalhousie Street and Lowes Side Road connecting this loop.

The total estimated cost is $65,000. The County of Essex share would be 40% or $26,000, and the Town of Amherstburg would assume the balance of the estimated costs of $39,000 or 60% of estimated costs.

Council approved the project Monday night.

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