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Grand Avenue Chatham McFarlane Drain Road Crossing Project

 August 3, 2019: The following is an update regarding the sinkhole. Please note: all businesses in the affected area are open for business.

  • Road closure and construction were unplanned but immediately necessary to replace underground infrastructure after a sinkhole appeared, and inspections discovered a failed drainage culvert under the roadway
  • In a previous media release, Tim Dick, Chatham-Kent director of drainage, asset and waste management, said the repair is a complicated project with a deep excavation and numerous utilities to be re-routed
  • There is also a need to sustain drainage under the road to the river during the construction. This, along with a series of other safety factors, has limited the ability to open a lane for traffic
  • Brigan Barlow, Drainage Superintendent estimates up to 4 weeks from today for road reopening
  • Construction crew worktime is being maximized on site
  • Security is on site nightly to avoid project delays that have occurred from vandals damaging equipment after hours and compromising site safety
  • Weather and unforeseen circumstances may cause project delays
  • Economic Development department will continue to promote that all businesses on Grand Ave., West remain open
  • Economic Development will continue to communicate whenever we are updated by the project manager

Municipality of Chatham-Kent Project Managers:

  • Brigan Barlow, Drainage Superintendent: 519-360-1998 Ext 3320
  • Jordan Gray, Drainage Superintendent: 519-360-1998 Ext 3319

Economic Development Contacts:

Jamie Rainbird
Manager, Economic Development Services, Community Development
Municipality of Chatham-Kent
124 Thames Street
Chatham, ON  N7M 5K8
Phone: 519.352.8401 x2043