Construction Dates: May 2023 – November 2023
Location: Simcoe, ON
This notice is to provide public notification of the pending reconstruction of West Street, from Holden Avenue to Brook Street, in Simcoe.
Bell Relay Service: 1-800-855-0511 or Email: [email protected]
Key Contact Information
Elgin Construction Company Ltd.
WT Infrastructure Solutions
Andrew Tulk, P.Eng.
Scott Zerbes, Project Manager
After hours emergency 1-877-298-5888
Norfolk County has declared the West Street Reconstruction project as an essential project. Work is proceeding under this declaration. The contractor will be required to provide a COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy for completing this work under current recommended guidelines. This includes social distancing both with other crew members and the public who may approach the job site. We respectfully request that this social distancing be reciprocated by the public towards the crew members on site.
Notifications will be delivered as required to front doors and interaction will be avoided unless circumstances dictate that verbal notification is required. In those instances, social distancing of at least 2.0m will be maintained.
West Street – Holden Avenue to Brook Street
- Replacement of sanitary sewer and services
- Replacement of watermain and water services to property line
- Replacement of the storm sewer and appurtenances
- New concrete curb and gutter
- New asphalt road surface
- New sidewalk
- Streetlight upgrades
The project has been awarded to Elgin Construction Company Ltd. Construction is scheduled to start on or around May 15, 2023 and continue through to November 2023.
Information for Homeowners
Driveway Access and On-Street Parking
The contractor is required to maintain access to all homes during construction. There will be occasions when you may experience some delays, lack of service and inconvenience. Every effort will be made by the contractor to minimize these occurrences as well as communicate when they are to occur.
We do ask that you refrain from parking on the street during construction activities as this can delay things and prolong the construction period
Sanitary Sewer Servicing
Replacement of the sanitary sewer is being completed as part of this project. You should experience no interruptions with your sanitary sewer during the project.
The replacement of the watermain is being completed as part of the project. Your existing water service will be connected at the property line to a new service from the watermain. The contractor and our site inspector will notify you of any interruptions to your water supply that will be required to complete this work.
The contractor will be providing a temporary water system for this project. This system will be installed and tested to the same standards of Norfolk County as permanent installations. The temporary distribution system will be connected to your existing service. This temporary system will allow for the contractor to complete the project efficiently and safely while maintaining water supply to you.
Any disruption during the connection of your water service to the temporary system or to the new permanent system should be minimal. There may need to be interruptions of longer duration to allow for the main line connections of the new system to the existing system. You will be notified in advance of these interruptions and provided with some indication of the anticipated duration.
Storm Sewer Servicing
Replacement of the storm sewer is being completed as part of this project to provide drainage for the new roadway. Storm services to each property will not be provided by this system.
Garbage and Recycling
The Contractor is required to maintain the pickup of garbage bags, garbage containers and recycling boxes left at the curbside from abutting residential or commercial properties within the limits of construction.
This may include the picking up of bags, containers and recycling boxes and placing them at a location convenient for pick up by County contractor. If this is required, empty garbage containers and recycling boxes shall be returned to the respective property owners on the same day.
Please clearly mark all containers and recycling boxes with your address so that they may be returned to the correct location. All regularly scheduled garbage and recycling pickups shall be maintained regardless of whether the Contractor is working on that day.
Lawn Sprinkler Systems
We ask that if you have underground lawn sprinkler systems, that you please mark the locations of sprinkler heads adjacent the road and/or sidewalk.
With every construction project comes the removal of some trees for various reasons. Some are at the end of their life span, while others have water and sanitary services within the root areas that would be damaged by construction. Trees deemed to present a hazard or are in conflict with construction activities will be removed as part of this project. Norfolk County will evaluate the potential for appropriate tree planting opportunities after construction is complete.
Pre-condition Property Surveys
Elgin Construction Company Ltd. has retained dBA Services Inc. to complete pre-condition surveys as part of this reconstruction project. This survey is strongly recommended by Norfolk County as it serves to protect the homeowner, contractor and county should any claims arise during construction. The pre-condition survey notice is included at the end of this construction notice with directions how to arrange an appointment.
Phase 1 construction
Phase 1 of the West Street Reconstruction project from Holden Avenue to Brook Street in Simcoe, is currently underway and is planned to be completed by November 2023.
As part of the engineering process, a traffic study was completed that included an option to change the lane configurations on West Street. The data captured in the study showed that:
- Traffic volumes do not warrant four lanes along this section of roadway
- The existing four lanes are considered narrow by modern design standards
- Changing the current four lanes to three lanes, with a centre two-way turning lane, could reduce vehicle speeds and will improve driver and pedestrian safety
- Introducing a two-way left turn lane will allow space for an active transportation zone on each side of the roadway
- Dedicated left turn lanes at side streets will allow for more efficient traffic flow
- Existing roadway width will be maintained in the proposed configuration
Advantages of two-way left turn lanes
Two-way left turn lanes create a dedicated centre lane that allows drivers to make left turns throughout the roadway. Separating left-turning vehicles from through traffic can decrease accidents while also maintaining traffic volume as vehicles do not need to change lanes to get around left-turning vehicles. Two-way left turn lanes also help oncoming cars to better anticipate left-hand turns.
The diagram, below, shows a four-lane roadway before and after being changed to two lanes with a two-way left turn lane and active transportation zone on each side of the roadway.
Signage on two-way left turn lanes indicates that drivers must use the centre lane for left turns, an example is below.
Your feedback is important to us, so we have two engagement tools, below, to capture your ideas – and your questions. We look forward to receiving your feedback!
Phase 2 construction
Phase 2, from Brook Street to Talbot Street, is currently planned for reconstruction in 2025. It is recommended that a two-way left turn lane be considered for Phase 2 as well.