The Town of Smiths Falls reports the Beckwith Street Redevelopment project will not begin in summer 2019. Further information about construction schedules will be communicated to downtown businesses and the media as they become available.
On May 6, 2019, Smiths Falls Town Council provided unanimous support to seek grant funding under the provincial Connecting Links Program for the Beckwith Street Redevelopment project. This decision was part of Council’s continued efforts to seek out and maximize grant revenues being applied to the project.
On May 21, 2019, Council continued movement on the Phase 1 project by directing staff to enter into discussions with the Ottawa Greenbelt Construction Company (OGCC), a division of Tomlinson Group of companies, and the sole bidder on the project tender
which closed in April.
Discussions with OGCC are presently focused on exploring options to introduce project savings through value engineering efforts and/or revised staging options. Changes to the project, where recommended, will be brought forward to Council for consideration at a later date.
“Given the complexity of the Beckwith Street Redevelopment project, the Town is pursing all avenues to reduce costs to local taxpayers,” said Malcolm Morris, Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Smiths Falls.
Based on the discussions underway, the Town is able to report that no construction activities are planned for the summer of 2019. Any additional updates on the project status will be shared with partners in the Downtown Business Association as they become available.
Applications have been filed with the Ministry of Transportation seeking $2.1 million for eligible works such as: reconstruction of travel lanes, traffic signal systems, intersection lighting and accessible pedestrian signals.
Other project features such as parking spaces, cycle tracks, ornamental lighting and street trees are ineligible for funding. Funding announcements for the Connecting Links 2019/2020 program are anticipated to be received over the summer months.