This year’s list of proposed work – which is still subject to City Council approval and budgetary limitations – contains projects that will benefit motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
Two of the largest projects on tap include the reconstruction of Maple Street from Brookdale Avenue to Seymour Avenue as well as the reconstruction of Augustus Street from Sixth Street to Eighth Street. Both of these projects will include the replacement of the storm sewers, sanitary sewers and watermains as well as reconstruction of the roadway and sidewalks. The work is tentatively scheduled to be completed between early May and the end of August.
In addition to those projects, over 30 streets are slated to receive some attention this year as part of the City’s yearly grouping of asphalt paving and concrete works projects. The list (see attached) includes sections of busy traffic arteries like Cumberland Street and Montreal Road as well as quieter residential streets. This collection of work is expected to be done between May and early September.
“We have a pavement management system that rates the condition of every street in the city, and we use this tool to help determine which streets receive improvements,” said Jamie Fawthrop, Design & Construction Engineer. “There are other factors to consider as well, such as the age and condition of watermains and sewers on a particular street.”
The contract also calls for the creation and extension of a number of bike lanes as per the recommendations contained in the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. These include the addition of bike lanes on Boundary Road from Marleau Avenue to Gray’s Creek, Industrial Park Drive from Optimum Drive to Boundary Road and a portion of Tenth Street and the former CP Rail Corridor near Ninth Street East.
“These additions will improve bicycle access to the Business Park from the old Square Mile area of the city,” said Mr. Fawthrop. “They will also improve the connectivity of the entire cycling network.”
In order to inform the public about the planned work for 2013, a series of open houses are being held at the Infrastructure and Municipal Works building at 1225 Ontario Street. Interested residents are welcome to attend and provide input or ask questions about the respective projects on the following dates:
Date Project Monday, March 18 at 7 pm Reconstruction of Maple St. from Brookdale Ave. to Seymour Ave.
Tuesday, March 19 at 9 am – 12 pm, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm & 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm 2013 asphalt paving/concrete works and road/services reconstruction (see attached list)
Wednesday, March 20 at 7 pm Reconstruction of Augustus St. from Sixth St. to Eighth St.
Residents who wish to review the plans and are unable to attend the open houses can contact Mr. Fawthrop at (613) 930-2787 ext. 2209.
“We’re always interested in getting feedback and answering questions from residents on the projects we have planned,” Mr. Fawthrop said.
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