Short-term pain for long-term gain.
That’s how Brock’s Facilities Management project manager looks at the road construction surrounding the University’s campus.
“The (Niagara) Region and Rankin Construction are completely aware of the University’s day to day traffic circulation and the need to have their work completed before September,” Scott Roper said, adding the projects will alleviate some congestion in a busy area (Brock has more than 18,000 students from September to April) with relatively few roads. “They are managing the different sites within their project to maintain traffic flow at an optimum level wherever and whenever they are able.”
Traffic has been crowded at times this summer as lanes are closed and reopened, depending on the work being done. Some of the features of the projects include:
- Adding a dedicated right turn lane onto Glenridge Ave. from St. David’s Road, where a small pedestrian island will also be built.
- Two bus bays will be built on St. David’s Road and one on Glenridge Ave. to streamline the flow of traffic.
- The University is planning for a future third entrance at the Merrittville Highway and Schmon Parkway intersection where the Region is soon installing new traffic lights. From that entrance, a future roadway is intended to run south of the school’s southern-most parking lots (T, U and V) so as to enable access to Isaac Brock Boulevards north and south.
- Roads surrounding Brock from Highway 406 to the bottom of Glenridge hill and south to Schmon Parkway will be resurfaced.
- The projects will be completed by the end of August in time for the 2014-15 academic year.