Comment 90568

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 31, 2013 at 09:38:17

The City just issued this news release:

Queen Street Hill work expected to continue into October

HAMILTON, ON - July 31, 2013 - While work is progressing well on the Queen Street Hill (Beckett Drive), Public Works staff have recently identified that the project cannot be completed by Labour Day weekend as originally planned. The project is now expected to be completed in mid-to-late October.

"We are disappointed that the construction timelines have been delayed," said Gary Moore, Director of Engineering Services in Public Works. "The delays are no fault of the contractor. The construction schedule was aggressive and this is a very complex project made more difficult because of the unique characteristics of the escarpment cut, slope stabilization issues and the presence of Butternut trees which are an endangered species and required extended collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources."

The contractor is working later hours through the week and on Saturdays to get the work done as quickly as possible. In the coming days, City staff will be working closely with Mohawk College, Hillfield Strathallan College, McMaster University and St. Joe's Hospital to develop mitigation strategies for the expected traffic impacts. More details will be shared with the community before Labour Day weekend.

As expected, the James Mountain Road access (West 5th) remains congested at times. City staff encourages motorists to consider using the Claremont Access or Jolley Cut which have the capacity to handle more vehicles. HSR route 34-Upper Paradise will continue to detour on the West 5th access.

The Queen Street Hill construction project began on June 3 from Auchmar Road to Amelia Street. The work involves road reconstruction, new retaining walls, drainage improvements and the widening of the sidewalk at the top of the hill near the escarpment stairs.

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