About Part A

About Part A

Part A has been divided into three contracts.

All ContractsContract 1Contract 2Contract 3

Overview


The overall improvement plan for Highway 401 from Essex Road 42 to Victoria Road includes the following:

  • Approximately 50 km of full depth pavement reconstruction separated into 3 construction contracts (Project Reference: GWP 3091‑12‑00, GWP 3086‑14‑00, and GWP 3102‑15‑00)
  • Installation of high-tension cable barrier in the median from the western limit of Contract 1 (GWP 3061‑12‑00) to the eastern limit of Contract 3 (GWP 3102‑15‑00)
  • Drainage improvements, including rehabilitation or replacement of culverts and sewers, as well as ditching, where required
  • Rehabilitation at the existing twin CSX overhead bridges; Charing Cross Underpass (Chatham-Kent Road 10); Queen Street Overpass, West Bound Lanes (WBL)
  • Rehabilitation of the Sinclair Drain Culvert (Site 13-399/C); Crouch Drain Culvert (Site 13-413/C); McKoy Drain Culvert (Site 13-407/C); Buller Drain Culvert (Site 13-414/C); Little Baptist Creek Bridge, WBL; McDougall Drain Bridge, WBL; Government Drain 1 Bridge, WBL; Government Drain 2 Bridge, WBL; Government Drain 3 Bridge, WBL; Raleigh Plains Drain Bridge, WBL; Flook and Hinton Drain Bridge, EBL; Flook and Hinton Drain Bridge, WBL; Taff Creek Drain Bridge, EBL; Malott Div. Drain Culvert (Site 13-398/C); Deary Drain Culvert (Site 13-400/C); McPhail Drain Culvert (Site 13-404/C); Enos Smith Drain Culvert (Site 13-405/C); Mull Drain Culvert (Site 13-406/C); Alexander Drain Culvert (Site 13-408/C); Campbell / Leatherdale Drain Culvert (Site 13-409/C); Harrison Drain Culvert (Site 13‑410/C); Whitman Drain Culvert (Site 13-412/C)
  • Replacement of the existing Locke Drain Culvert (Site 13-401/C)
  • The development of environmental protection and mitigation, where required
  • The development of a construction staging and traffic management plan, including associated ramp closures

Construction of Contract 1 improvements (GWP 3091‑12‑00) that included the westbound lanes from just east of Essex Road 42 interchange to the Merlin Road underpass was completed in the spring of 2016. Contract 2 construction (GWP 3086‑14‑00) including eastbound from just east of Essex Road 42 in the Town of Lakeshore to Drake Road and westbound from Merlin Road to Bloomfield Road in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent is underway. In 2016, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction on the Highway 401 eastbound side via a median crossover while construction is completed on the westbound side. The westbound ramps at Bloomfield Road will be closed during construction in 2016. In 2017, one lane of traffic in each direction will be crossed over to the westbound side during the reconstruction of the Highway 401 eastbound lane. The eastbound ramps will be closed at Queens Line during construction in 2017. Access at all ramps will be maintained for EMS and construction access/egress.

The Detailed Design for Contract 3 improvements (GWP 3102‑15‑00) on the eastbound lanes from 4.4 km east of Chatham-Kent Road 7 (Merlin Road) to 1.4 km west of Chatham-Kent Road 21 (Victoria Road) is currently underway and details, including the proposed construction staging and traffic management plan, will be provided as they become available.

Contract 3 will include the installation of high tension median cable guide rail from just east of Essex Road 42 to 1.4 km west of Chatham-Kent Road 21 (Victoria Road).

Contract 1

Construction is underway and is expected to carry over until Spring 2016.

‌Scope of Work

The project limits of Contract 1 are from just east of Essex Road 42 Interchange to Merlin Road Underpass, WBL only. Contract 1 improvements include the following:

  • Reconstruction of Highway 401 Westbound Lanes (WBL) by removing the existing asphalt and concrete base, placing a lift of Granular A and OGDL, and overlaying with concrete pavement
  • Temporary overbuilding and shoulder strengthening on Highway 401 to accommodate traffic during construction
  • Rehabilitation of five WBL bridges (Sites 6-051/2, 13-187/2, 13-188/2, 13-190/2 and 13-055/2). These rehabilitations consist of concrete patch repairs to the deck surface and to the inside face of barrier walls
  • Rehabilitation of Sinclair Drain Culvert (Site 13‑399/C). The work consists of concrete repairs to the entire culvert barrel and waterproofing the WBL portion of the top slab
  • Drainage improvements, including replacement of non-structural culverts and sewers
  • Guide rail replacement / improvements

Consultation and Documentation

All elements of consultation were undertaken within the context of the Overall Improvement Plan:

  • Notice of Study Commencement (July 2014)
  • Notice of Public Information Centre (November 2014)
  • Public Information Centre (December 11, 2014)
  • Notice of Step-Down (January 2015)

Construction Staging and Traffic Management

Temporary traffic impacts will occur in order to construct the improvements while maintaining traffic on Highway 401. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the Highway 401 eastbound side via a median crossover during the reconstruction of Highway 401 WBL. The westbound ramps at Highway 401 Queen’s Line IC will be closed during construction. Access at these ramps will be maintained for Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Existing median turn-arounds within the construction zone will not be available during construction, however they will be reinstated at the end of each construction season.

A total of eight single night closures are required for the westbound ramps and four single night closures for the eastbound ramps. Emergency response will be facilitated during construction.

Advance notice of the closure will be distributed to local municipalities and emergency service providers. Motorists and commercial haulers travelling through the study area may experience temporary delay or disruption during construction. Advanced signing of construction will alert drivers of the potential for a slowdown.

Contract 2

Expected to begin in 2016, subject to funding and approvals and will include two construction seasons (i.e., May 1 to December 31, 2016 and May 1 to December 31, 2017) with potential carry-over of construction demobilization and clean-up operations into 2018.

Scope of Work

The project limits for Contract 2 are on Highway 401 eastbound from just east of Essex Road 42 in the Town of Lakeshore to Drake Road and westbound from Merlin Road to Bloomfield Road in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

The proposed work includes the following scope of work over two construction seasons:

Year 1

  • Reconstruction of approximately 12.5 km of the Highway 401 westbound lanes (WBL)
  • The rehabilitation of five structures (bridges) including; Government Drain #1 Bridge (WBL), Government Drain #2 Bridge (WBL), Government Drain #3 Bridge (WBL), Raleigh Plains Drain Bridge (WBL), and Flook-Hinton Drain Bridge (WBL)
  • Rehabilitation of the Deary Drain (Site 13‑400/C) structural culvert

Year 2

  • Reconstruction of approximately 16.8 km of the Highway 401 eastbound lanes (EBL)
  • The rehabilitation of Queen Street Overpass Bridge (EBL), Little Baptiste Creek Bridge (EBL), Baptiste Creek Bridge (EBL), McDougall Drain Bridge (EBL), Government Drain #1 Bridge (EBL)
  • Rehabilitation of the structural culverts at the Malott Diversion Drain (Site 13-398/C), Sinclair Drain (Site 13‑399/C) and Deary Drain (Site 13-400/C)

In addition, the following will be undertaken:

  • Shoulder strengthening on Highway 401 to accommodate traffic during construction (one-lane in each direction will be maintained via median crossovers)
  • Drainage improvements, including replacement of non-structural culverts and sewers
  • Guide rail replacement/improvements

Construction Staging and Traffic Management

Temporary traffic impacts will occur in order to construct the improvements while maintaining traffic on Highway 401. In Year 1, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on the Highway 401 eastbound side via a median crossover during the reconstruction of Highway 401 westbound lanes. The westbound ramps will be closed at Bloomfield Road during construction. In Year 2, one lane of traffic in each direction will be crossed over to the westbound side during the reconstruction of Highway 401 EBL. The eastbound ramps will be closed at Queens Line IC during construction. Access at the ramps will be maintained for EMS and construction access/egress.

Short duration overnight closures of the ramps at the ONroute service centre will also be required during construction adjacent to these ramps. Lane closures will be permitted during allowable lane closure times (prior to and following the median crossover stage).
Existing access/egress for emergency services will be maintained for the duration of construction, including the Interchanges at Queens Line and Bloomfield Road. However, emergency turn-arounds within the median will not be available during construction.

Advance notice of the closure will be distributed to local municipalities and emergency service providers. Motorists and commercial haulers travelling through the study area may experience temporary delay or disruption during construction. Advanced signing of construction will alert drivers of the potential for a slowdown.

Contract 3


‌‌‌Scope of Work

From Drake Road to 5 km east of Bloomfield Road interchange, EBL only.
From 5 km west of Kent Bridge Road to Victoria Road, EBL only.

The proposed work includes the following:

  • Full-depth reconstruction of Highway 401
  • Temporary overbuilding and shoulder strengthening on Highway 401 to accommodate traffic during construction
  • Drainage improvements
  • Replacement / rehabilitation of bridges and culverts
  • Environmental protection and mitigation, where required

 

Adjacent Ministry Projects

Three additional Ministry contracts are located within the study limits:

Adjacent Ministry Contract: The Highway 401 / Highway 40 interchange project includes the reconfiguration of the Highway 401 / Highway 40 interchange, and the reconstruction of the Highway 401 eastbound lanes from approximately 5 kilometres east of Chatham-Kent Road 27 (Bloomfield Road) to approximately 5 kilometres west of Chatham-Kent Road 15 (Kent Bridge Road). The project teams for each of these projects will coordinate throughout this study. Project Reference: GWP 3093‑09‑00; Website: highway401and40.ca

Adjacent Ministry Contract: A multi-year bridge rehabilitation project that includes 8 bridges located within the project limits. The Detailed Design and Class Environmental Assessment Process for this project are being completed by another design team. However, the bridge rehabilitations will be incorporated into the construction contracts for this project, as appropriate. Project Reference: GWP 3084‑11‑00

Adjacent Ministry Contract: Multi-year design program to rehabilitate / replace approximately 142 structural culverts in Southwestern Ontario. Project References: GWP 3101‑10‑00, GWP 3040‑11‑00, GWP 3045‑11‑00, GWP 3042‑11‑00, GWP 3043‑11‑00; Website: highwayculverts.ca. Where possible, the rehabilitations located within the project limits will be incorporated into the Class Environmental Assessment Study, and the construction contract for this project.

Consultation

Ongoing stakeholder consultation will take place throughout the Detailed Design and Class EA Study process.

The Consultation Plan includes:

  • Notice of Detailed Design Study Commencement
  • Consultation with regulatory agencies
  • Communication with First Nations and Métis Groups
  • Communication with property owners, residents, and businesses in the study area
  • A Public Information Centre (PIC)
  • Notice of Step-down
  • Preparation of an Environmental Screening Document (ESD) for MTO internal use (1 per contract)
  • Ongoing opportunity to submit comments and feedback for each design phase

Notice of Study Commencement

The project team is consulting with members of the public, property owners, Provincial and Federal Government Agencies, Municipalities, First Nations and Métis Groups, adjacent property owners and stakeholders. A Notice of Study Commencement was provided to advise that we are proceeding to Detailed Design and contract preparation.

Notice of Study Commencement [English, French] – Published in local newspapers including the Chatham Voice (English) on Thursday, July 31, 2014 and the Tilbury and Wheatly this Week (English & French) on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Public Information Centre

A PIC was held on December 11, 2014 on at Chatham Legion, 304 St. Clair Street, Chatham, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The purpose of the PIC was to present the Part A proposed improvements, as well as the proposed construction staging and traffic management strategy. It provided an opportunity to discuss issues or concerns directly with members of the project team. PIC materials are available for download here.
The notices are available on this website. Stakeholder input will continue to be incorporated into the project findings and recommendations as appropriate for each contract.

As part of this project, all existing tile drains that drain towards Highway 401 within the study limits are being reviewed. If you have a tile drain that drains to Highway 401 in the study area, please Notify the Project Team.

Notice of Public Information Centre [English, French] – Published in local newspapers including the Chatham Voice (English) on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and the Tilbury Times (English & French) Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The PIC was held on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Chatham Legion, 304 St. Clair Street, Chatham, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

The following information was presented by the project team:

Notice of Step-Down

This study was initiated as a Group “B” project in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment for Provincial Transportation Facilities (2000) (MTO Class EA). Based on information collected and comments received during the screening process, it has been determined that this project will not result in any significant adverse environmental effects and has been stepped down to a Group “C”.

Notice of Step-Down [English, French] – Published in local newspapers including the Chatham Voice (English) on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and the Tilbury Times (English & French) on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

 

 

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