After months of delays, reconstruction is complete and the Queen Street Hill will finally reopen today.
Drivers can start using the mountain access as of 1:00 p.m.
Gary Moore, the Director of Engineering Services for the City of Hamilton says there were physical challenges with the roadway itself that made the project more difficult than others.
“The fact that it was a very narrow access for the contractor; it wasn’t like he had a number of side streets like a normal project that you can come in from. You have the top and the bottom and once you start building from the bottom then you’re limited to back down the hill with every load of concrete on your way up.”
Moore adds that it was the first time they had actually reconstructed the road, because it had always just been layers of improvements. Moore says there were a lot of things buried beneath that they had to deal with, including the endangered Butternut Tree.
The project involved road reconstruction, new retaining walls, drainage improvements and the widening of the sidewalk at the top of the hill near the escarpment stairs.
Safety measures were also implemented like narrowing the lane widths, centreline rumble strips and new energy-efficient LED street lighting.
You can listen to the interview with Gary Moore, the Director of Engineering Services for the City of Hamilton and Bill Kelly here: