Yesterday I shared
two three options to expand the Main Street between Scott Blvd and Bronte Road. The project includes:
- Construction of two through lanes (one lane in each direction) and a centre shared turn lane
- On-street bike lanes between Scott Blvd. and Whitmer St.
- Construction of a multi-use path/sidewalk on both sides of the road between Scott Blvd. and Bronte St.
Construction of pedestrian tunnels through CN embankment (this requires CN work which will likely not happen until 2017 or 2018)
- Signalized intersection at Scott Blvd.
With over 150 comments at the time of publishing this post, citizens almost unanimously prefer the construction to be done as soon as possible, even if it requires closing the entire stretch down for a longer period of time.
Here are their concerns and my remedies :
They almost unanimously favoured closing the entire stretch for 12 weeks and finishing the entire project at once
This is not an option staff looked at. The current plan is to do the project in two phases, closing each section 8 weeks at a time, to finish construction in summer or fall of 2016. I have already asked staff to work towards closing the entire section for 12 weeks to finish the project in 2015.
Concern about potential project delays
I am going to ask for contractors to be pre-qualified, so we weed out all contractors without a good track record of on-time completion. We will also look at penalties for project delays. It increases the price of bids but potential lower bids aren’t reliable anyway, so they shouldn’t count.
Concern about detours and Derry Road underpass
We will not close the Main Street until all four lanes of the Derry Road underpass are functional. I’ll also ask the Regional staff to get the Tremaine north construction done ahead of the closure, but we might not have time to wait for that to completely finish.
One risk is weather. If we get an unusually wet fall then it can cause issues. Another is that the project actually involves moving utilities and sewer line, and working around the watermain. Sometimes these turn up unexpected issues. To stay on top of these I will ask for weekly updates and will share those with everyone.
Thank you for your feedback and participation. When I was running for re-election I stressed that my biggest short-term priority was to get all construction projects in the area finished as soon as possible. This push is a big part of that and we are very close to the finish line.