With parkway open to traffic, focus shifts to operations and maintenance
With traffic finally rolling this week on a majority of the $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway, a shift in focus will turn to upkeep and maintenance of the six-lane, below-grade highway.
The project’s primary contractor — Spanish-led consortium known as the Windsor-Essex Mobility Group — for the next 30 years is responsible for keeping the road in good condition, clear during winter months and making any necessary repairs such as to signs or lights.
“We will have a full staff and trucks available throughout the winter so there is not a lot of concern,” said Michael Hatchell, WEMG’s technical director. “We are not expecting any issues from a maintenance standpoint.”
To oversee that job, WEMG has turned to former City of Windsor Director of Operations Mike Palanacki who has been hired to handle the same job for the parkway.
Palanacki said WEMG has hired an outside contractor with a solid reputation based on dozens of road operation contracts it holds throughout North America – including eight across Canada.