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Courier Press Thursday, January 26, 2017

Spring start for McNaughton build

United Way comes up short

United Way has fallen short of its $1.9-million goal


Bonspiel attracts curlers

Teams from


across Ontario attended the Farmers? Bonspiel on the weekend

David Gough/Courier Press WDSS showcased during open house Wallaceburg District Secondary School Grade 11 student Aaron Kraayenbrink does a science experiment presentation during the school's open house held on Jan. 18. The open house gave prospective students and their parents a chance to tour the school and see what services, clubs, classes, sports and facilities that WDSS can provide. David Gough Courier Press Municipal officials are promising that 2017 will be the year that long-awaited construction starts on McNaughton Avenue and Murray Street. Most of the work to upgrade sections of Murray Street and McNaughton Avenue in Wallaceburg was originally scheduled to be completed before the end of 2016, with final construction planned for this spring. But none of that work has been started. Wallaceburg councillor Jeff Wesley said that while Chatham-Kent is looking at a number of large projects, it should concentrate on work already on the books. ?We need to stop looking at these big fancy projects and concentrate on things that taxpayers want, and concentrate on getting those things off the books,? he said. The province is expected to pay for about 90 per cent of the project. Chatham- Kent received $3 million in Connecting Links funding from the Ontario government. The money is earmarked for roads or bridges that connect two ends of a provincial highway through a community or to a border crossing. Highway 40 runs through Wallaceburg, making it eligible for the funding. Wesley said McNaughton Avenue is in poor shape. Last week he asked municipal administration for an update on construction plans. He was told construction should start in April. ?You get frustrated waiting for it to happen,? Wesley said, noting he wanted the project to happen in 2016. ?But at least it?s going to happen in 2017.? Heavy vehicle travel from traffic, not only coming into Wallaceburg but through Highway 40, has left sections of roadway in poor condition. The plan for construction is to take off the entire layer of asphalt, down to the granular base. Any necessary repairs will be made, and then three lifts of asphalt will be put down. The project also includes some sidewalk, curb and gutter work. A contract was awarded in October 2016. Chatham- Kent left it to the contractor whether they wanted to start some of the work last year or start this spring. They chose this spring. Construction is expected to start in April. -- with files from Postmedia Network

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