By Ray Martin
For the Post
It’s been almost a year since work began on the new $50-million road link between Cambridge and Kitchener and the bridge project is proceeding on schedule.
“It’s really coming along well,” said Waterloo Region project manager John Stephenson.
Started last summer, the Fairway Road extension project involves the creation of a new four-lane bridge linking Fairway Road in Kitchener to Cambridge’s Kossuth Road by the fall of 2012.
Preliminary roadwork has been completed on the roads and ramps to the new bridge that will span the Grand River near Region of Waterloo International Airport. Piers and abutments have been installed and work on the bridge deck is underway.
The bridge is being constructed in five-metre-long sections of reinforced concrete.
Starting Aug. 2, Kossuth Road past the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory will be closed to everything except local traffic. It will re-open Aug. 20 to Aug. 22 for the air show at the airport, and then close again until Aug. 31.
“By closing Kossuth, it means we can build the roundabout in one month instead of three,” Stephenson said. “It will be done in time for the start of school and the new intersection will alleviate traffic.”