Island road construction season is now underway

CENTRAL MANITOULIN—One sure way to tell the summer season is upon us is the presence of flagpeople, heavy machinery and construction signs on our roadways, warning of delays ahead.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has a few projects on the go on Manitoulin, including Highway 542 at Mindemoya, 11.1 kilometres north to Highway 540 at M’Chigeeng, Highway 542 from 1.5 kilometres east of Highway 551 at Mindemoya and west 2.6 kilometres, and Highway 540 from 0.1 kilometres east of Highway 551 and then west another 0.16 kilometres.

According to Gordan Rennie, MTO spokesperson, the work will involve grading, drainage improvements, granular base, hot mix paving, structural culvert rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation and bridge replacement.

“Work began May 19 and is scheduled to be completed by end of September 2016,” Mr. Rennie told The Expositor.

He noted that traffic will be down to one lane daily throughout the construction zone at various locations. Daily single lane closures will be controlled by traffic control personnel.

Rehabilitation of the  Mindemoya Creek Bridge on Highway 542 will involve reducing traffic to one lane over the bridge, Mr. Rennie continued. Traffic will be controlled through the installation of portable temporary traffic signals.

All grading, paving and drainage work on Highways 540, 542 and 551 is scheduled to be completed in November 2015 with the replacement of the Graham Creek Bridge scheduled to occur in 2016.

The contractor is Pioneer Construction with a tender value of $11,107,000.