Reconstruction of downtown Princess Street set to begin - Reconstruction of downtown Princess Street set to begin

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January 2, 2018 -

The final phase of Princess Street guided by the Downtown Action Plan will be reconstructed from building-edge to building-edge starting Monday, Jan. 8.  Princess Street will close from Clergy to Barrie starting Tuesday, Jan. 9* and construction will move up Princess Street from Clergy to Division over the coming months. This section of Princess Street will re-open to traffic on July 1.

"We started re-making Princess Street at Lake Ontario in 2010. This year we'll finish completely reconstructing the historic infrastructure under busy downtown Princess Street. While this work is admittedly disruptive, it will help support the economy of our vibrant downtown for decades to come," says Mark Campbell, acting director of engineering.

The following side-streets will also be reconstructed as part of this project:

  • Barrie Street from south of Princess to Queen.
  • Division Street from Brock to Colborne.

Businesses in the area remain open and customers are urged to continue to frequent shops and restaurants in the construction zone.

This is the final phase of work to Princess Street that will be guided by the City's Downtown Action Plan which covers the 39 blocks of downtown and outlines the materials to be used to beautify our downtown streetscape and complement the city's historic character. 

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The budget for remaking this portion of Princess Street is approximately $ 13 million. The project includes new street lights, traffic signals, bicycle racks and benches, electrical lines and:

  • 800 metres  of  sanitary pipe (for the new sanitary sewer system)
  • 800 metres of storm pipe (for the new storm sewer system)
  • 1,000 metres of watermain
  • 9,200 metres of asphalt
  • 3,500 square metres of concrete sidewalk
  • 700 metres of granite curbs

*Added after news release was sent to the media. While preparation work begins on Jan. 8, Princess Street will not close between Clergy and Barrie until Jan. 9.

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