The orange cones are out and road construction season is causing headaches for Windsor drivers.
Windsor's public works department is spending about $60-million on dozens of projects around the city, with hopes the provincial and federal government will chip in about $10 million.
Campbell Avenue was closed at Tecumseh Road West Friday for water main construction. The whole project from Partington Avenue to Curry Avenue is expected to take about three months to complete.
On Tuesday, traffic on the E C Row expressway over the Conservation Drive bridge will be cut down to a single lane in each direction for work that is expected to last until August.
That work will also affect Conservation Drive, closing it for roughly the same duration while repairs are done under the structure.
Other upcoming road projects include:
- Cabana Road East between Howard Avenue and Provincial Road
- Tecumseh Road East between Howard Avenue and Hall Avenue starting in two weeks
- Riverside Drive between Lauzon Road and the Solidarity Towers
- Streetscaping for Oullette Avenue between Wyandotte Street West and to Elliott Street West to be done this fall
Essex County will also begin a $6.5 million project to install two new turn lanes at the corner of Manning Road and County Road 22 this summer.
Patches act as Band-Aids
Even with all of the ongoing work, Dwayne Dawson, the city's executive director of operations, said crews will only be able to improve five per cent of the deficient roads in Windsor.
"There are no shortage of roads throughout the city that need our attention," he explained. "We try to use our dollars to cover as much as possible, but we're fighting a battle with the infrastructure deficit."
Still, he said if roads get too bad there's still a "Band-Aid" the city can use to keep them driveable.
"When they get to a state where the potholes or the state of the road gets too big we can come out and patch it if it's not in our budget," he said.
For a complete list of projects you can visit the city's website and look for construction under the "residents" section.