Broadway Avenue Improvement Project Starts in May

Extensive water main upgrades and road resurfacing will begin along Broadway Avenue on May 2. The work will last approximately five months, and has been specifically designed to minimize the impact on the community as much as possible. Broadway Avenue will remain open for business and entertainment as the work is completed in phases.

“This work will result in fewer water main breaks in the future, meaning less disruption to businesses and drivers,” says Celene Anger, Director of Construction and Design. “Road resurfacing will extend the lifespan of the avenue and result in a new, smoother surface. Deferring this project would result in further deterioration and increase future construction costs.”

In the first phase, the Broadway Bridge will be closed for approximately one week. The City will take this opportunity to simultaneously complete asset perseveration work on adjacent roads north of the bridge, minimizing the overall time the bridge will be closed. Commuters are being asked to reroute their commute during the summer-long project, making use of other bridges and highways. Detours will be clearly marked, and when necessary, the primary detour route around Broadway Avenue (when the bridge is open) will be Dufferin Avenue.

When work on Broadway Avenue is complete, the project will move onto side streets, including block sections of 10th, 11th, and 12th Streets as well as a four block section of Main Street. Residents who require individual sewer line or lead water line replacements have already been notified.

“We have been working with homeowners and businesses since last November, giving as much advance notice as possible. Throughout construction there will be some unavoidable inconveniences, specifically with water supply and route access”, says Anger. “Whenever homes and businesses are briefly without regular water access, water will be supplied via temporary hookups.”

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