Mayor Doug Black detailed some of the street works to begin during the week of May 2nd at Tuesday, April 26th’s Carleton Place council meeting. The first phase of Bridge Street’s makeover will start with catch-basin installations beginning at Lake Avenue progressing north to College Street. He noted that workers will isolate their active sites to minimize disruption as they progress. On May 16th sidewalks will be removed, new underground services installed and new concrete laid in a continuous operation. The first section done will be the west-side sidewalk starting again at Lake Avenue working north.
Town communications report it’s the intent of the contractor to maintain on-street parking in areas where no active construction is occurring. Municipal parking lots will be prioritized and will remain open and accessible as much as possible.
Louis Bray Construction Ltd will be maintaining access to all businesses during the project, other than short intervals such as when there is an open excavation or when concrete sidewalks are being poured and curing. Businesses will be notified in advance of these interruptions and time-frames will be kept to a minimum. Pedestrian travel to downtown businesses is encouraged and Louis Bray will maintain a path of travel on Bridge Street for pedestrians throughout the project. Due to construction activities, street crossing may be required to continue travel in a specific direction. Pedestrians are asked to respect signage indicating the intended path of travel and stay clear of work zones.
Local traffic only signs will be posted to deter through traffic. Town staff state there should be a compelling reason to enter a block that is signed local traffic only such as requiring vehicular access to a specific business and or residence within that block. The intent is to restrict any through traffic and limit vehicles through the active construction zone as much as possible for the safety of workers and motorists alike.
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