Upgrades to the Trans-Canada Highway beginning at Leigh Road are underway.
A construction notice from Windley Contracting Ltd. advises the start of construction to widen Highway 1 between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway. Motorists are to expect delays during construction, which will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. – with night work as needed – between now and September 2020.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says daily and nightly lane closures and construction will begin at night on Sept. 22.
From Monday to Friday during construction there will be no southbound lane closures or stoppages between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. as well as no northbound lane closures or stoppages between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The contracting company says it has developed a traffic management plan to minimize traffic impacts, especially to emergency services, transit, local property owners and commuters.
Northbound traffic will continue to merge into one lane at the Leigh Road interchange as normal.
Emergency services will be given access at all times.
During long weekends, there will be no work impacting traffic.
Outside of peak traffic periods between Sunday night and Friday morning drivers can expect a southbound lane closure and a northbound crossover. The new lane is being constructed on the northbound highway shoulder.
Periodic short stoppages will be required between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and nightly between 6 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. to allow for tree clearing and soil removal to prepare the site for rock blasting which is expected to begin in November.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says travellers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. No construction is planned from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening but as construction progresses there may be periods of weekend work that will require lane closures and periodic stoppages.
Drivers are advised to use caution, follow the directions of traffic control personnel and obey the construction zone speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour.
An August news release from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says safety and reducing travel times for those driving along the stretch of highway are the main goals of the upgrades.
The highway will be widened from three lanes to four for a two-kilometre stretch beginning at Leigh Road.
The additional lane will continue through the West Shore Parkway intersection and the northbound merge lane will be moved to the Goldstream Park side of the signal.
Concrete median barriers will be added on 1.2 kilometres of the highway to separate lanes of traffic.
Reflective delineators were installed on the centre line of the Trans-Canada Highway between Leigh Road and West Shore Parkway in March. The delineators were short-term options to improve safety in the area following two fatal crashes in under one month on that stretch of highway.