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Monday June 1st, 2015

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Reconstruction of a major transportation artery in Essex is underway.

Fairview Avenue West will see the installation of a new water main and fire hydrants as well as a new road surface. The Town of Essex successfully applied to receive funding for this project through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Through this fund, Essex will receive up to $1,597,533 for road reconstruction and water main replacement on this main artery to town recreation facilities, Holy Name Catholic Elementary School, and the Essex County Civic Centre, which houses a number of key organizations including County of Essex administration, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Essex County Federation of Agriculture, Windsor-Essex County Solid Waste Authority, and Student Transportation Services.

“The water main from Talbot Street to Hanlan Street will be installed first, with localized closures as the work progresses,” says Chris Nepszy, Director of Infrastructure and Development. “Once the water main is installed, a new parking lot containing 35 to 40 parking spots will be constructed behind the pavilion on the soccer grounds to provide off-road parking for recreational users.”

A new asphalt surface with concrete curbs, gutters and drainage will be enhanced with an elevated three-metre multi-use, multi-directional trail separated from the roadway with a rolled, mountable concrete curb (see attached Roadway, Trail and Sidewalk Cross-section). In addition, a new parking lot will be added to the Essex Centre Sports Complex and two new traffic signals will be installed – one at Talbot Street and Fairview Avenue, and the other at Hanlan Street and Fairview Avenue.

“Fairview Avenue is heavily travelled by residential, recreational and institutional users from across Essex County,” says Nepszy. “We have included a multi-use trail along Fairview and on South Talbot Road from Michael Drive to Victoria Avenue to provide a safe means of pedestrian travel along this key route. The trail will allow residents to live more active lifestyles by connecting to the existing and future trail systems in the town.”

Work is expected to last 10 to 12 weeks.

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