Sudbury’s two lanes: the “inside lane and alignment lane”

Ward 8 County. Al Sizer wants the city to take all the extra money it has to fix its roads

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Some have joked online that this town should be called Crater Sudbury. Driving on municipal roads, it’s easy to see why.

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While Sudburyers love to complain about the roads and often consider each spring the worst in recent memory, it really does seem like 2022 has beaten the city’s arteries to a new low.

Tony Cecutti, the city’s general manager of growth and infrastructure, acknowledged last month that this year has been particularly difficult for potholes. While there are several factors leading to asphalt anarchy, Cecutti said the freeze/thaw cycle is partly to blame.

Ward 8 County. Al Sizer has taken notice and at last week’s finance committee meeting he put forward a motion that could free up more money for road cleaning.

The 2022 investment budget was approved last December. Sizer understands that the city – post-pandemic – is in a tight economic space, but he told The Star that if there is any money that has not been announced, he wants the council to consider d increase the road budget.

“I brought the motion because of the winter we’ve had with the frequent freeze/thaw cycles that have been so harsh on the roads this winter,” Sizer said in an interview. “With the winter that Sudburians have experienced and the effect on our roads in the municipality, I want to be sure that if there are funds available within the company, which are not currently allocated for new projects capital expenditures, that some of those excess dollars be used for road cleaning.

Al Sizer, Deputy Mayor of Greater Sudbury.
Al Sizer, Deputy Mayor of Greater Sudbury. John Lappa/Sudbury Star

In his motion, Sizer noted that “roads in the City of Greater Sudbury experienced significant deterioration during the winter of 2021-22 due to increased freeze/thaw cycles.”

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Roads remain a high priority for many citizens and as a result the council has made annual increases to its road works budget in recent years. Despite this, “our asset management plan outlines significant unmet requirements,” the motion says.

Sizer instructed staff to prepare a report “for consideration at the April 19 finance meeting to present a supplementary road rehabilitation program for the 2022 construction season that includes a recommended scope of work, criteria for selecting rehabilitation sites and a financing plan”.

He said his motion was not intended to affect the levy. It will continue to seek funding sources, including senior levels of government.

“I would like to be able to solve this problem without affecting the sample. The staff (are) always looking for sources of funding to offset the cost of the road works and we know how important the road works are to the community,” Sizer said. “I will continue to direct staff to explore funding opportunities and efficiencies to ensure the best results for municipal roads. »

It remains to be seen which roads will be selected for remediation if funding permits, but Sizer pointed out that potholes are just one of many considerations.

“There are many factors that will tell us which roads should see investment first,” he said. “Staff will include these recommendations in the report requested from council so that we can ensure we are investing in long-term solutions.”

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Sizer won unanimous support from his peers, with everyone voting in favor of the motion. Ward 6 County. Rene Lapierre said his constituents have expressed concern about the state of the city’s roads.

“I think it’s important to think about it because that’s the echo we hear a lot from our residents,” said Lapierre. “I believe the more we can do, if it’s possible, we should at least look into it to see what we can accomplish.”

The Star contacted its readers to find out where some of the worst offenders were in this city. The feedback has been impressive. A total of 137 comments were made (although not all included suggestions).

Unsurprisingly, the West End, one of the city’s oldest areas, received plenty of nodding and the College Street underpass received a few shouts from angry drivers. In this area, Lorne Street has also been the subject of criticism, with one reader commenting that there were two lanes: “the inside lane and the alignment lane”.

As one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, some readers said Donovan’s roads are also like Swiss cheese.

“I have a couple: College Street from Elm to Baker is crazy,” one person wrote. “Also, Burton Avenue, from Frood Road to Jean Street. I dare you to drive it at 20 km/h. I’m just letting the council know, ’cause I know they don’t get to the Donovan very often.

Bancroft also drew the ire of several drivers. The portion of The Kingsway at the Bellevue intersection is particularly awful. The road could replace a war zone when the next film shoots in Sudbury.

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“Honestly, you can’t dodge the holes unless you enter oncoming traffic,” one reader noted. “I’ve replaced car parts because of it and it’s not cheap.”

Stafford Street in New Sudbury was also mentioned a few times.

“Huge random bumps that make you feel like you’re driving over speed bumps every 10 feet, with massive potholes ranging from three to six feet round and half a foot or more deep,” wrote a reader. “You literally have to zigzag down the street to avoid damage to your vehicle and not go more than five miles. My nieces can’t even safely ride their bikes or skateboards without hurting themselves.

With so many poor roads, one reader asked “Wouldn’t it be more efficient to list the ‘good’ roads (it’s a very short list). The other 1,000 are deplorable.

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