Chatham-Kent Closures

Road Closures:

King Street West between Second Street and Third Street in Chatham will be closed from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on September 30 for sanitary sewer installations.

Local traffic will be permitted from Third Street. All lanes on Second Street will be shifted south. Emergency vehicles will not have access through the work zone.

Detour Route: Third Street – Second Street

Finn Line between Merlin Road and Cooper Road of Tilbury East will be closed for culvert replacement over the Mancell Drain from September 28 until October 30. All lanes will be closed immediately west of Merlin Road. Local traffic will be permitted from the west up to the work zone. Emergency vehicles will not have access through the work zone.

Merlin Road will be down to one lane at Finn Line with northbound and southbound traffic controlled by a temporary traffic signal.

Detour Route: Merlin Road (CK #7) – Port Road (CK #14) – Cooper Road

Note: Port Road will be closed on Monday, September 28 until 6 p.m. Swanton Line and Cooper Road will form part of the detour until Port Road is reopened.

Sections of Queen Street, Gillard Street, and Herbert Street in Wallaceburg will be closed daily to non-residential traffic for sanitary sewer improvements from September 23 to November 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Work will close Queen Street from Murray Street to Herbert Street, Gillard Street from Hope Street to Herbert Street, and Herbert Street from King Street to Duke Street.

Emergency vehicles will have access through the work zone until the manhole replacement at Queen Street and Herbert Street; all access will be restricted at that time (to be

A section of Pioneer Line in Chatham will be closed from September 14 until October 16 for culvert replacement. The full closure will be between Centre Side Road (CK#28) and Caledonia Road over the Forsyth Drain at 10070 Pioneer Line. Emergency vehicles will not have access through the work zone.

Detour route: Caledonia Road – Gregory Line – Center Side Road (CK#28)

Sections of Fourth Street, Fifth Street and Wellington Street in Chatham will be closed from Tuesday, September 22, 2020 to Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily for directional drilling for communications cables. Expect delays. Full closure details below:


Seventh Line West in Raleigh Township will be closed between Bloomfield Road (CK #27) and Dillon Road (all lanes west of Prosperity Way) from September 2 to Thursday, September 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily for tree removal. From September 8 to October 9 there will also be work in this area for sewer construction along Seventh Line West.

Local traffic permitted up to work zone, but no traffic will be allowed to pass through.

Bridge rehabilitation work on Merlin Road between Queen’s Line and Gleeson Line has been extended by a month to October 5 at 5 p.m. All lanes have been closed at the Hwy. 401 overpass since May 25 for structure rehabilitation, as directed by the Ministry of Transportation. Local traffic permitted up to the work zone. Emergency vehicles will not have access through the work zone.

Drivers are asked to follow the posted detour:

Queen’s Line – Bloomfield Road – Eighth Line – Merlin Road

Note: Construction work at Bloomfield Road and Richmond Street. Construction will be completed in multiple stages requiring changes to the lane closures. The project completion date has been extended to August. The detour route is Park Avenue West – Keil Drive South – Riverview Drive

Dufferin Avenue in Chatham Township will be reduced to one lane during the day between St. Clair Parkway and Irwin Drive for water main replacement work. Lane reductions will start from August 17 until October 9 daily from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be two lanes of traffic in the evenings.

Pavey Line over Little Bear Creek Drain in Chatham Township will be closed from Monday, August 24, 2020 until Friday, October 2, 2020 for culvert replacement work.

Suggested detour: Kent Bridge Road (CK#15) – Wabash Line – Base Line (CK#21)

Bridge Replacement across Lindsay Road at Little Bear Creek has been extended to October 2 at 6 p.m. All lanes are closed at the bridge site. Local traffic is permitted up to the work zone.

Detour route: Countryview Line – Kent Bridge Road – Base Line – North Street – Cedar Hedge Line

Drivers should expect delays on Talbot Street West at the Mountford Street intersection in Blenheim from July 28 until October 2. Water main and roadway reconstruction on Mountford Street and Ellen Street will result in periodic lane reductions. Flaggers will be in the area to direct traffic.

Rose Beach Line over South Marsh Creek is closed because of erosion from Lake Erie along the edge of the road. It’s unknown how long the closure will last. Since Rose Beach Line will no longer be available as a route between Morpeth and Rondeau, the alternative route is Talbot Trail and Kent Bridge Road.

Recently announced cancellations/closures:

All public events organized by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority scheduled through to the end of the year have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously posted local cancellations:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Chatham-Kent chapter of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association has decided to cancel the annual COPA for Kids program, which usually runs the weekend after Labour Day. Officials said they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and looks forward to running a safe COPA for Kids program in the future.

Crime Stoppers regretfully announces that the 2020 Ultimate Rodeo in support of the Chatham Kent Crime Stoppers is postponed until 2021. Tickets purchased for this year’s event will be valid in 2021. If you have any questions please contact the Rodeo office at 1-888-777-9793.

The May Court Club of Chatham has decided to further postpone the Women of Excellence Awards Dinner due to uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for May 29, 2020, but was pushed to November 6, 2020. However, the club has decided to further postpone the event to sometime in the spring of 2021.

The Maple City Slo Pitch League has made the decision to cancel the 2020 season due to the ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team representatives have been asked to reach out to their Divisional Executive to discuss how their team would like to handle any deposits that have been put down for the 2020 Season. Teams will have the option for a full refund or to transfer the balance on the account to next year’s season.

An annual fundraiser that supports operations at Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ultimate Rodeo Tour at TJ Stables, originally scheduled for July 17, has been rescheduled to September 25. All tickets previously issued for the July 17th performance will be honoured.

The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo has been postponed to October 2021.  Members of the Ontario Plowmen’s Association said the IPM will run from Wednesday, Oct. 13 to Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, and will be held at the Lindsay Fairgrounds and neighbouring farms in Lindsay, Municipality of Kawartha Lakes.