Beginning Monday, July 29, Market Lane will be closed until early September in order to reconstruct the area as an extension of the Dundas Place flex street.
Market Lane is the north-south pedestrian link in downtown London that connects Dundas Place and Covent Market Lane, providing access to the Covent Garden Market north entrance. During this time, pedestrians are reminded that they should access the Covent Garden Market from the west via Talbot Street and from the east via Richmond Street, which will add approximately one minute to their typical trip.
The Market Lane retrofit will remove some of its current fixed (non-movable) elements and reconfigure and/or rebuild others.
“These changes will give Market Lane the same look and feel that Dundas Place has,” says Jim Yanchula, Downtown Projects and Business Relations Manager. “And as a seamless extension of Dundas Place, the City will be able to maintain Market Lane to a higher standard and increase its flexibility to accommodate more events and activities.”
The photo above shows the distinctive light canopy will remain and be extended to the north side of the flex street, strengthening the connection between Dundas Place, Market Lane and the Covent Garden Market.
Crews aim to have the reconstruction work substantially complete and bring back pedestrian access by September 3, in order to minimize disruption when Fanshawe College classes resume in the fall.
Some short-term closures on Dundas Place between Richmond Street and Talbot Street will also occur during the summer months in order to facilitate Market Lane work and complete finishing touches on the flex street. All major transportation impacts will be communicated to the public and on-site signs will be in place.