SCUGOG: Work has begun on Ashburn Rd., near the township’s western boundary after the CAA recently named it the third-worst road in the Halton, Peel, York and Durham area.
Ashburn Rd. and Bloor St. East in Oshawa were the only roads in the Durham Region on the annual list of the province’s worst roads, which was released by the CAA on Thursday, May 21.
“It doesn’t surprise me, because the condition of the road was on our radar and we are pleased we have a resolution for it,” said Mayor Tom Rowett.
The township started prepping the road for the refurbishment including putting in new culverts and re-ditching the area last week. Work on the road itself is expected to begin in early June, when the township awards the contract for the work to a construction company.
“Everything will be done in July before we put the top coat on. It will be a good travelling surface in July, it just won’t have the final layer,” said Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith. “We have a good idea of how many people travel that road everyday, and that pushed it higher on our list to be refurbished.”
Mayor Rowett added that the municipality was hoping to receive funding to add bicycle lanes to the refurbishment project, but decided they could not wait any longer to begin work.
“We were trying to get the province to recognize this as a provincial cycle plan,” said Mayor Rowett. “We got tired of waiting for the province to help us and we decided that we have to do this for liability reasons. We had to do what we could with what we had.”
However, that does not rule out the creation of bike lines in the future.
“Recently, the provincial government has announced some infrastructure plans recently and we are going to wait and see if we can apply to any of them,” said Mayor Rowett. “As many people know, we have a large infrastructure network with not a lot of resources to work with.”
Township staff expects the work to be complete sometime in August.