by Mac Christie Flamborough Review
A section of the long-awaited Waterdown east-west bypass route is complete from Mosaic Drive to Babcock Street, but it will likely not open to traffic until the end of 2020. – Mac Christie/Torstar
Although a section of the long-awaited Waterdown east-west bypass route — which will be known as Waterdown North Drive — is complete, it will likely not open to traffic until the end of 2020.
The section of road, which runs behind the development north of Parkside Drive, is complete from Mosaic Drive to Babcock Street.
Gavin Norman, the City of Hamilton’s waterfront development manager, said the section that is complete likely will not open until the next section of the bypass, which will connect to Centre Road is open.
Ward 15 Coun. Judi Partridge said the next section is expected to be complete by the summer.
“I’m hearing from staff that (construction) will pick up by March and they’re hoping to have that section finalized by June.”
Norman said the Babcock Street to Centre Road section of the bypass route will be completed by the Parkside Hills developer, in conjunction with the Phase 2 of the Parkside Hills development. However, he said a firm timeline is not known, but that section of road is slated to be complete in 2020.
“It’s supposed to be done in advance of the work we’re starting east of Centre Road, which is in 2021,” he said. “The basic schedule is to finish west of Centre Road then start east of Centre Road in 2021.”
Norman said the section of the bypass route east of Centre Road, which curves around Alexander Place and includes the section of Parkside Drive to Avonsyde Boulevard, is expected to go out for tender in December 2020.
“Right now it’s in the middle of detail design — we’re approximately at the 60 per cent design level,” he said. “We’re in the middle of acquiring the final pieces of property and in the middle of design. That will be completed in the fall.”
He said the section from Centre Road to Avonsyde Boulevard — including Parkside Drive — will be complete and open to vehicles next year.
“The road is planned to be completed in 2021,” he said. “It won’t be fully completed, in the sense that there’s going to be lots of landscaping to be done, but the reality is the road will be open.”
Partridge said where Waterdown North Drive connects with Centre Road, there will be a signalled intersection with a stoplight, which will be installed when the road connects with Centre Road.
“They won’t be able to open that road until that intersection light is installed,” she said.
Partridge added Waterdown North Drive — which will also include bike planes and portions of the new trail system behind the Wimberly Avenue homes, between Nesbitt Drive and North Waterdown Drive — will also be completed in 2020.
However, she said as with all construction projects, the timelines are approximate and are subject to schedule delays.
The city has contributed $70 million to the project — which includes some of the upgrades to Parkside Drive that were completed in 2019 and the north-south bypass, which includes Burke Street and Mountain Brow Road.