Chatham-Kent Closures

Road Closures:

Construction on Wheatley Road in the Community of Romney has been extended to August 14 at 5 p.m. All lanes in and out of the intersection of Wheatley Road and Campbell Road will be closed. Local traffic will be permitted up to the work zone at the intersection.

Work is being done to replace the bridge structure on Wheatley Road over the Campbell Sideroad drain, located east of and adjacent to Campbell Road.

Main Detour: Wheatley Road – Talbot Trail – Coatsworth Road 
Local Detour: Goodreau Line – Tilbury West and Romney Road – Wheatley Road – 6th Concession Road

There will be lane restrictions on Charing Cross Road in Raleigh Township between Indian Creek Road and Doyle Line for curb replacement in preparation for road asphalt construction. The restrictions will be in place from August 7 until August 21.

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.

Merlin Road will be closed at the Hwy. 401 overpass, between Queen’s Line and Gleeson Line, from May 25 at 7 a.m. to September 3 at 5 p.m. for bridge 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

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:

The annual Chatham-Kent & Lambton Children’s Educational Water Festival, scheduled for October, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Next year’s three-day outdoor festival is scheduled to start October 5, 2021, at the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area. More information can be found on the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s website.

Previously posted local cancellations:

The St. Clair Catholic District School Board has announced the cancellation of ”Christmas in Muskoka” due to COVID-19. The popular event was scheduled for November 2020.

All of the Summer 2020 Cars & Coffee events have been cancelled to safeguard the health and well-being of staff and visitors. Organizers say they are looking forward to seeing you and your classic car in 2021.

WAMBO 2020 has been cancelled. The event is expected to come back during the second week of August 2021. CLICK HERE for the full story.

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.

The Chatham-Kent Plowmen’s Association has made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel the 2020 Chatham-Kent Plowing Match. They are looking forward to coming back next year for the Chatham-Kent Plowing Match on August 14, 2021.

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 Summer Night Market in Dresden is being postponed to 2021. Details in regard to the Christmas Night Market are unknown at this time, however, the Dresden Night Market Team said they hope to have more information in the coming months.

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.

The Chatham Maroons have cancelled the 2020 Alumni Tournament due to COVID-19. The annual tournament was scheduled to take place on July 18 at Willow Ridge Golf and Country Club. Next year’s Alumni Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The Chatham Youth Soccer 2020 season has been cancelled due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19. For a full refund or to defer funds to next year, players can go to the website or call (519) 352-1999.

The Dresden Agricultural Society has cancelled the 2020 Dresden Exhibition due to COVID-19 concerns. Organizers are planning to bring back the event in 2021.

The Mitchell’s Bay 9th Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show, scheduled for July 18, has been cancelled. Read more here.

The 2020 Bothwell Optimist Opti-fest & Old Autos Car Show has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Organizers are hoping to bring back the event in August 2021.

The Mitchell’s Bay Open fishing tournament has been cancelled this year. Read more here.

Blenheim Cherry Fest and Sidewalk Days is cancelled this summer. Read more here.

Pet and Wild Rescue will be limiting some of its services until further notice. Click here for more info.

Theatre Kent has cancelled its 2019-2020 season, this includes the show Calendar Girls.

Programs at all Arts & Culture facilities are being cancelled indefinitely.

All Arts & Culture facilities are now closed. This includes Ridge House Museum, CK Museum, Capitol Theatre, Kiwanis Theatre, ARTspace, and the Thames Art Gallery.

Brio Academy is closed until further notice. Students will get info later this week regarding online learning.

Community Living’s day programs at Park Avenue, Riverview Drive, and Sass Road and two respite programs (Children’s, and Adult) will close until further notice.

Community Living Wallaceburg’s offices on Dufferin Avenue are closed. All meetings, training and agency activities have been cancelled until further notice.

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority’s administration office in Chatham and the resource centre at Longwoods Road Conservation Area will be closed to the public, effective March 18.