Hennessey Road Reconstruction - 2021

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Starting in May 2021, the City of Moncton will be undertaking the street reconstruction of Hennessey Road, from McLaughlin Drive to Elmwood Drive.

The scope of work will involve the full reconstruction of the existing street, including new granular materials, asphalt pavement and concrete curb and gutter.

The project will also replace the existing concrete sidewalk on the north side of the Hennessey Road with new 1.5m-wide concrete sidewalk, while the concrete sidewalk on the south side of Hennessey Road will be replaced by a new 3.0m-wide asphalt multi-use path.

The multi-use pathway will be suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. The finished street width of Hennessey Road will be slightly narrower than the existing street, in order to accommodate the wider asphalt multi-use path.

This narrowing of Hennessey Road will still permit on-street parking, but will have narrower travel lanes. These narrower travel lanes will assist in ‘calming’ the existing traffic, with the goal of reducing vehicle operating speeds along the street.

Other key elements of the project will include:

  • Replacement of the existing watermain on Hennessey Road, along with the water services to each property;
  • The provision of temporary water for residents while the watermain is being replaced;
  • Localized repairs to the existing storm and sanitary sewer systems;
  • The installation of new traffic signals at the Hennessey Road / McLaughlin Drive intersection;
  • Restoration of driveways and grassed areas that are impacted by construction activities.
  • The installation of a new signalized pedestrian crossing at Xavier Avenue to facilitate pedestrian crossings of McLaughlin Drive to the new school being constructed.

It is anticipated that the work would be completed in October 2021.

During construction, traffic may be reduced to single-lane through traffic during the day and may also include elements such as road closures (except to local traffic) and detours.

Starting in May 2021, the City of Moncton will be undertaking the street reconstruction of Hennessey Road, from McLaughlin Drive to Elmwood Drive.

The scope of work will involve the full reconstruction of the existing street, including new granular materials, asphalt pavement and concrete curb and gutter.

The project will also replace the existing concrete sidewalk on the north side of the Hennessey Road with new 1.5m-wide concrete sidewalk, while the concrete sidewalk on the south side of Hennessey Road will be replaced by a new 3.0m-wide asphalt multi-use path.

The multi-use pathway will be suitable for both pedestrians and cyclists. The finished street width of Hennessey Road will be slightly narrower than the existing street, in order to accommodate the wider asphalt multi-use path.

This narrowing of Hennessey Road will still permit on-street parking, but will have narrower travel lanes. These narrower travel lanes will assist in ‘calming’ the existing traffic, with the goal of reducing vehicle operating speeds along the street.

Other key elements of the project will include:

  • Replacement of the existing watermain on Hennessey Road, along with the water services to each property;
  • The provision of temporary water for residents while the watermain is being replaced;
  • Localized repairs to the existing storm and sanitary sewer systems;
  • The installation of new traffic signals at the Hennessey Road / McLaughlin Drive intersection;
  • Restoration of driveways and grassed areas that are impacted by construction activities.
  • The installation of a new signalized pedestrian crossing at Xavier Avenue to facilitate pedestrian crossings of McLaughlin Drive to the new school being constructed.

It is anticipated that the work would be completed in October 2021.

During construction, traffic may be reduced to single-lane through traffic during the day and may also include elements such as road closures (except to local traffic) and detours.

Do you have any questions about this project? Submit them here, and the project team will respond (publicly or privately) within 2-3 business days. Thank you for your interest in this project.

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    This kind of construction will stir up pest activity in the area. Is there going to be any kind of compensation to the home owners to hire professionals to capture or control these pests?

    Hennessey Road asked 3 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for sharing your concern. The City will certainly be keeping an eye out for any such issues, and will take steps to mitigate as much as possible. During the project, should you encounter any problems, you may send a note to the Engineering Department at webinfoengineering@moncton.ca, and the information will be passed along to the project engineer for follow-up.

    Thank you,
    Nicole

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    Hello I live on Morewood crescent, do you know where the traffic will be redirected while Henessey is under construction? I would like to plan as I will need to drive to work and expect some traffic jams/delays.

    Lyne asked 3 months ago

    Hello, 

    The detours are still being determined, and will change at various stages of the project due to the length of Hennessey Rd. However, the City will be posting updates regularly to help guide residents throughout. You are wise in planning ahead and anticipating delays!

    Nicole

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    This kind of work seems to take an extraordinarily long time. Just look at the McLaughlin drive work last year. How long will the going on? Is there a penalty to the contractor if the run overtime? It would be much appreciated if this could be done as efficiently as possible.

    Murray asked 2 months ago

    Hello, 

    The project will certainly take many weeks, especially with the replacement of water mains, etc.; we anticipate this going into the fall. There is significant planning and coordination so that all steps are sequenced appropriately, with the right tradespeople. 

    Truly, the most unpredictable factor is Mother Nature. 

    Thank you for sharing your concerns. These will be passed along to the project engineer.
    Nicole

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    Comment le sentier polyvalent va-t-il être connecté à d'autres infrastructures cyclables? Est-ce que les piétons et les cyclistes auront la priorité aux intersections? Forcer les cyclistes à s'arrêter à chaque intersection pourrait les inciter à utiliser la chaussée à la place du sentier. (Aussi, l'onglet "Questions?" que j'utilise ici n'apparait pas sur la version française de Let's Chat Moncton)

    AZ asked 4 months ago

    Bonjour,

    Voici quelques renseignements:

    1) Pour tous les projets d'infrastructure, on consulte le service des loisirs pour déterminer si (et où) des améliorations peuvent être apportées pour le transport à vélo. C'est pourquoi l'un des trottoirs actuels sera remplacé par une piste doublement plus large. Dans un milieu urbain déjà développé comme le nôtre, il faut adopter d'autres moyens pour établir des liens, comme la désignation de voies cyclables sur des rues artérielles, entre autres. Tout cela pour dire que des options font encore l'objet d'étude par les ingénieurs-conseils affectés à ce projet.

    2) Selon la Loi sur les véhicules à moteur de la Province, dans la plupart des situations, la priorité est accordée aux piétons aux intersections (tant qu'ils suivent les consignes aussi). Il ne s'agit donc pas d'une question de design pour cette chaussée, mais plutôt de respect des directives énoncées dans la Loi. D’ailleurs, les cyclistes sont assujettis aux dispositions de cette même Loi, et dans bien des cas, il est recommandé que les cyclistes utilisent la rue. Le droit de passage doit correspondre à la signalisation sur les lieux. (À noter que cette réponse ne doit pas être tenue comme des conseils juridiques officiels, mais plutôt une piste d'information.)

    Enfin, merci de nous en aviser; la fonction 'Questions' a été activée sur le site www.JasonsMoncton.ca. Désolée de l'inconvénient!

    Nicole

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    Will there be speed bumps put in along the road aswell to help reduce the traffic speeding? (We have a lot of people who use this road to speed down as its a pretty straight shot with only one stop sign on the road at Fairview knowles) will it be clearly marked on the road where it is 2 lane or 4 lane road (many drivers come onto Hennessey at McLaughlin thinking it is 2 lanes on the south side of the road until Berry and also believe its 2 lanes on the north side from Berry to McLaughlin) will the power lines be put underground? How are the streetlights projected to affect homeowners leaving their driveways? I know this work needs to be done, I am just looking for some clarification. Thank you

    NM asked 4 months ago

    Hello, 

    Thanks for your questions! Here's a breakdown:

    1) Because speed bumps aren't used on arterial/collector streets (which is the type of street for Hennessey Road), based on Canadian standards, this feature isn't planned  

    2) Your comment about 2 vs 4 lanes is appreciated, and options will be reviewed by the engineering team. 

    3) Utilities will be remaining above ground and will not be placed underground.

    4) Street lights will remain unchanged and on current poles.

    Thank you for your interest in the project.
    Nicole

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    This past summer/fall an empty lot on Redmond st was used to store torn up concrete/gravel etc from the McLaughlin rd project. It was a high traffic spot for dump trucks and tractors. I'm wondering if this lot will be used again for the Henessey project?

    Sarah asked 4 months ago

    Hello, 

    I checked with the engineering team designing this project, and the location of this vacant lot relative to Hennessey Road doesn't make it likely that it'll be used during construction.

    But, how the work will be done is still in the planning stages, and some of these details will only be finalized in the spring, when the contractor is hired. If you have some specific concerns, feel free to send them to us at letschat@moncton.ca, and we'll be sure to pass along the message to the team.

    Thank you for your interest in the project!
    Nicole

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    I live on Hennessey. I'm assuming the front/road portion of my lawn will be torn up, will that get sodded by the city or am I responsible to re-establish that? Thanks.

    Scottkens29 asked 4 months ago

    Hello,

    Great question! The City will be restoring resident’s lawns that are disturbed during the course of construction with topsoil and sod.

    Thank you for your interest in the project!
    Nicole

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    Speed bumps to reduce speeding would be a huge asset. Has this been considered? If it is not in the plan, how does a resident of Hennessey rd go about requesting this?

    Tara asked 4 months ago

    Hello, 

    Due to Hennessey Road being categorized as an arterial/collector street, meaning that it has higher traffic counts, speed bumps aren't generally part of the design based on Canadian standards. 

    However, your suggestion has been recorded and forwarded to the engineering team working on the design for consideration. 

    Thank you for your interest in the project!
    Nicole

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    I live at the corner of Hennessey and Fairview Knoll. Will the 4 way stop be eliminated or redesigned - it is often ignored and many cars drive through the stop sign. Could the announcement sign be placed on the northwest corner or southeast corner so interferes less with visibility. The sign presently interferes with visibility for pedestrians and car traffic. We are pleased Hennessey is on the schedule for 2021.

    Susan McNair asked 4 months ago

    Hello, 

    Rest assured that the design is planned to replicate the existing 4-way stop at Hennessey Road and Fairview Knoll Drive.  

    As the engineer explained: "The 4-way stop is beneficial to reducing vehicle speeds along the corridor as it forces vehicles to stop/start as they drive along Hennessey Road. The 4-way stop is also beneficial to pedestrians as it provides marked crosswalks for crossing" at this intersection.

    Thank you for your interest in the project!
    Nicole

    P.S. Thank you for sharing your concern regarding the sign placement. The location was verified and deemed the preferable spot, and it will only remain for about 3 weeks. We are aware of the challenges at the 4-way stop, and will continue to reinforce the message.