After all the controversy surrounding the now-infamous 2013 report showing the highway’s pavement was well below UK safety standards for traction in some places, the schedule for repair work was moved up – to Tonight. That is why you can expect to see closures on the Red Hill which will include rolling lane closures in the left lane of the northbound Red Hill Valley Parkway, which will be implemented starting at 9:30 a.m., according to the city. The city’s communications manager Jen Recine said the lane closures are to facilitate sample collection and testing of the asphalt. Recine said these will only be short area closures and not the entire left lane, and contractors will ensure there is as minimal an impact to motorists as possible throughout the day while the testing is being carried out.
Then beginning Tonight you will see full closure as the work gets underway on the massive repaving project on the northbound lanes at 9 p.m. The work will be done on the Red Hill Valley Parkway from the QEW to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway. That includes grinding down the old pavement and re-topping with about 40,000 tonnes of new asphalt, adding new guardrails, rumble strips, and line markings. The contractor, Coco Paving, will resurface both northbound lanes and associated ramps first, which is why there is a total closure of that side of the parkway. After the northbound lanes are repaved and reopened, the southbound lanes will get the same treatment, including a full closure. The expectation is that the work will take around 3-weeks per side though the contract stipulates all work must be complete by July 22nd. The limiting factor to how long it will take is the weather which could slow things down.
With this work it is advised that alternate routes be planned, though detours will be posted, it will be a rough stretch of time for regular users.
Image from Barry Gray , The Hamilton Spectator