Volume 93, Issue 11

Thursday, September 16, 1999


NEWS

O-week prank ends with suspensions

Western Road gets ill-timed facelift

New troops for London

Western prof dies from heart attack

Trial date announced in downtown stabbing case

Negotiations still on table for faculty

A club for all seasons

Bass ackwards

Caught on campus

Western Road gets ill-timed facelift



By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Traffic outside the university's perimeter has recently become as hectic as getting your tuition fee bill paid on time.

Western Road, running from Sarnia Road to the Saugeen-Maitland Hall tunnel is currently undergoing heavy construction to improve pavement conditions.

"The asphalt was lifted and pulverized so that it could be rejuvenated. Then it will be re-paved," said Shane Maguire, a transport design engineer with the City of London.

The construction was slated to begin in June and be finished by July, Maguire said, however problems with the contractor have delayed the process.

"We've heard a few complaints but the contractor is still bound to the contract because of a clause," he said.

Insp. Bob Earle of the University Police Department, said although the UPD has not received any complaints, he was not surprised to hear people had called City Hall about the situation.

Earle stated that even though traffic has been backed up, there have been no reported accidents as of yet. "Things are moving too slowly for accidents," he said.

The work, which only involves re-paving the road, should be finished by the end of the week, Maguire said. "We're expecting it to be done in a few days."

Tara Zurawski, a fourth-year honours business administration student at Western who drives to school from downtown London, said she was late for classes on the first day of school as a result of the traffic.

On account of the delays Zurawski has chosen an alternate route to school. Instead of traveling up Wharncliffe Road, she now takes Talbot Street to Richmond Street.

"No construction, no traffic," Zurawski said. "People were walking faster than me when I was in my car driving. It was crazy," she added.

Amy St. Clair, a first-year physiotherapy student, said she takes the bus to campus everyday from the downtown core and explained yesterday morning, people were getting off the bus in order avoid the gridlock.

The contractor could not be reached for comment.




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