SCUGOG: Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is hopeful that their contractor will be able to make repairs to the newly paved stretch of Hwy 7A sometime this week.
Construction began on the highway resurfacing project in April, on a stretch between Manchester St. and Water St., but in recent weeks the roadway has been deteriorating.
“We are aware of the deteriorating pavement conditions and it is the varying temperatures that have played a role in it,” Astrid Poei, a Ministry of Transportation spokesperson, said.
The original plan was for Brennan Paving and Construction, MTO’s contractor, to start work on Wednesday, Nov. 30th. However, Ms. Poei said the recent temperature conditions have made it difficult, stating the contractor hopes to get to work this week remillng and repaving the roadway , weather permitting.
However, any work done this month will only remedy the situation temporarily.
“Any time we do paving in colder months, it is a temporary repair,” Ms. Poei said.
She added that the contractor will come back in the spring to repave, for a permanent fix to the roadway. This is expected to occur in April 2017, and take about two days to complete.
Ms. Poei also stressed this work will not come at any additional cost to taxpayers, as instead, the contractor will have to pay to fix the deficiencies.
“Any road job we do is usually covered by a one year warranty on the contract. The one-year period begins at the completion of the contract,” she said.
The spokesperson added that MTO will continue to monitor the work done by Brennan paving, to “make sure it is done to [their] design specifications.”
MTO wants to thank drivers for their patience during this time.