Roads & Paving
Work begins on PTH 59/101 interchange
By Andrew Macklin
September 3, 2015 – Construction is underway on a new interchange at the intersection of PTH 59 and PTH 101, which will increase safety for motorists and greatly improve traffic flow.
The $204-million contract was awarded to Flatiron Construction Canada Ltd. after a competitive bidding process and it is expected the project will create up to 2,320 jobs according to government officials.
During construction, at least four lanes of PTH 59 and at least two lanes of PTH 101 will remain open. Project features include:
• realignment of PTH 101 as required by the redesigned interchange,
• future allowance for six lanes on PTH 101,
• upgraded intersection at PTH 59 and PR 202 with a traffic signal and additional turning lanes to allow for a future interchange,
• six lanes on PTH 59 between PTH 101 and PR 202,
• an Active Transportation corridor and a separate emergency vehicle crossing as part of a through-pass crossing of PTH 101 at the Raleigh Street-Gateway Street corridor,
• closure of accesses along PTH 101 and PTH 59 and hard surfacing of selected service roads; and
• redirect Knowles Avenue traffic to the Headmaster Row extension.
The interchange is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2018.