The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Bayly/Harwood intersection re-opens to traffic; Durham celebrates first concrete pavement project

WHITBY, ON November 15, 2016 The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department is celebrating the completion of Durham’s first-ever concrete pavement project as the intersection of Bayly Street (Regional Road 22) and Harwood Avenue in Ajax re-opens to traffic.

“We are excited to see Durham Region’s first concrete pavement project is open to traffic, at the intersection of Bayly and Harwood in Ajax,” says Susan Siopis, Commissioner of Works. “Thanks to residents for their patience throughout the duration of this project, as we implement innovative solutions to make our roads safe and durable.”

As traffic volumes grow, busier intersections become quickly damaged and rutted from heavy trucks and busses, resulting in bumpy roads with poor drainage. The intersection of Bayly and Harwood was heavily rutted so when it was scheduled for re-construction, the Region of Durham chose to complete a pilot project of paving with concrete instead of asphalt. 

“Concrete pavement has a longer lifespan than asphalt and will hold up better to heavy trucks and busses over time,” says Ben McWade, Project Manager. “Concrete pavement also typically requires less maintenance than asphalt, which is great for this high-traffic, growing area.”

Concrete at Bayly and Harwood

The construction cost was $1.2 million, and the work took four months to complete.

Residents will notice that the concrete intersection is a much lighter colour than regular asphalt roads. Line markings are slightly different in order for the paint to be more visible. There is black paint added underneath the white paint for turning lines.

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