With recent funding commitments from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario to support 10 transit and transit-supportive projects in London, the City is heading into the detailed design phase for the Wellington Gateway.
The Wellington Gateway, which will revitalize nearly 7 km of key arterial road between Downtown and Hwy 401, is scheduled for construction from 2023 to 2026.
The project will widen Wellington Road to maintain two general lanes of traffic and remove buses from mixed traffic, with the goal of improving capacity for vehicles while increasing transit frequency and reliability.
Safety for drivers will be enhanced by improving the alignment of the Wellington S-curve and adding dedicated turn lanes at signalized intersections. The Wellington Gateway will provide opportunities to improve transit to south London’s industrial employment areas and greater connections to neighbouring municipalities.
While adding rapid transit and transportation improvements above ground, the project will address necessary underground work, including replacing 100-year-old sewers and watermains.
Scope of project
- Wellington Road will be widened to maintain two general traffic lanes and establish continuous transit lanes, with buses running beside a curb-height median on the left for most of the Gateway and establish continuous centre-running transit lanes separated by a curb-height centre median.
- The alignment of the Wellington S-curve will be improved and dedicated turn lanes will be added at signalized intersections to enhance safety for drivers.
- A park-and-ride facility will be established near Highway 401 to improve connectivity with employment areas and surrounding municipalities.
- A transit village on Wellington Road outside of White Oaks Mall will provide an opportunity to improve transit to south London’s industrial employment areas.
- Clark’s Bridge, which crosses the Thames River between Grand Avenue and South Street, will be widened for additional two traffic lanes and a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians.
- The project will include necessary underground work to address flooding, including replacing 100-year-old sewers and watermains.
The project is scheduled for phased construction from 2023 to 2026. Like any other City road project, construction will improve short stretches of road at a time, with lots of advance communication and notice to impacted residents and businesses in the area.