A total of 111 lane km of road reconstruction, 16 km of sanitary and storm sewer renewals, and 14 km of watermain renewals are being scheduled as part of the 2019 construction season.
“Transportation infrastructure improvements are vital to prepare our city for growth, support economic activity and keep our community connected,” says Mayor Ed Holder. “These upgrades mean that families will be better able to travel safely to and from work, school and other activities.”
The top 10 projects were selected based on the significance of scope and duration of work, location as well as transit, traffic and community impacts.
“We have a strong project lineup backed by staff and contractors who will be working rigorously to replace aging infrastructure, make our roads safer, improve the quality of our water and our streets,” says Doug MacRae, the City’s Director of Roads and Transportation.
The 2019 top 10 City projects include:
- York & Talbot Streets: Spanning a total of three blocks, construction will take place on York Street from Talbot Street to just west of Clarence Street and on Talbot Street south from King Street to York Street. This marks the second phase of London’s downtown sewer separation.
- Dundas Place (Phase 2): Dundas Street, from Richmond Street to Wellington Street, and the Clarence Street intersection will be closed to complete the second half of London’s first flexible street.
- Dingman Forcemain: Construction of a new sanitary pumping station and forcemain on White Oak Road to Highway 401, Southdale Road to Dingman Drive and Wharncliffe Road to White Oak Road.
- Pond Mills Road: The resurfacing of Pond Mills Road between Buchanan Court to Enterprise Drive.
- Wilton Grove Road: Major road and sewer work between Hubrey Road and Highbury Avenue to better service the large number of industrial facilities in the area.
- Egerton Street (Phase 2): Infrastructure renewal work on Egerton Street from Douglas Court to Ormsby Street and on Oak Street.
- Colonel Talbot Forcemain: Wastewater operations improvements between Fourwinds Road and Diane Crescent.
- Dundas Street East: Infrastructure renewal from McCormick Boulevard to Pottersburg Creek.
- Cavendish (Phase 2): Infrastructure renewal on Cavendish Crescent from Wyatt Street to Charles Street.
- Oxford Street West: Road resurfacing from Proudfoot Lane to Platt's Lane.
All work is being scheduled to minimize impacts on traffic as much as possible from the perspective of all road users. Londoners can count on proactive traffic signal timing updates, advanced warning signage and, in some cases, temporary neighborhood traffic calming measures to help ease the disruption. Construction schedules may vary due to weather and other factors so it is important that Londoners stay alert and be prepared to adapt to changing conditions.
What to expect in 2019:
- Detours changing frequently, especially in London’s core area, causing motorists and cyclists to adjust their routes more often. Consider downloading the Waze app to avoid disruption on the go.
- Temporary sidewalk closures. Pedestrians are encouraged to call ahead or bring a friend if unsure of the status of construction leading up to their destination.
- Temporary bike lane interruptions, requiring motorists and cyclists to share lanes. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and give cyclists the space they need to get through the area safely.
- More frequent London Transit service changes as noted on londontransit.ca.
- Intersection improvement work resulting in lane closures in order to rebuild traffic signals throughout the city.
“Safety is a shared responsibility,” says MacRae. “We encourage everyone to exercise patience, obey all road signs and watch for workers in construction zones.”
In addition to the top 10 projects, crews will be completing touch-up work such as the removal of temporary sidewalks, adding street furniture and pouring top-coat asphalt for last year’s projects. Work will also continue in London’s core area.
“The concentration of Downtown projects present special challenges so our team will continue to take an integrated approach through closely monitoring, coordinating and communicating work happening in our core,” says MacRae acknowledging that private development, private utility work, events and festivals all need to be considered.
To see maps and learn more about the 2019 top 10 construction projects, visit london.ca/topten. To stay informed on major road impacts, check the City News page on london.ca, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit Renew London at london.ca/roadwork.
- Dundas Place construction began March 18, 2019.
- York Street (Phase 2) construction began April 1, 2019.
- King Street cycle track improvements scheduled to begin April 8, 2019.
About the Renew London Infrastructure Construction Program:
The Renew London Infrastructure Construction Program encompasses city-led construction projects that address lifecycle renewal needs, while ensuring growth requirements and water quality improvements are achieved. As the leaders of the program, City staff ensure projects are communicated, built in accordance with plans, specifications and City standards, completed on time, within set budget limits and following proper safety procedures.