UXBRIDGE: The township recently announced that Main St. North will be undergoing extensive repairs next year.
On Wednesday, June 25, the Public Works department held an information session at the Uxbridge Seniors Centre to outline the proposed repairs to Main St., between Mill St. and Crosby St.
The project, which is estimated to cost $2 million, will feature a full-depth reconstruction of the roadway along with a rehab of the existing bridge over Elgin Pond with new guardrails added on both sides.
As well, there are plans to add a pedestrian bridge and walkway on the west side of the bridge, separate from the existing bridge.
Improvements are also planned for Veterans Memorial Park, with the addition of 14 parking spaces and an asphalt sidewalk along the shoreline, leading to the new pedestrian bridge.
Also included in the work are upgraded stormwater drainage, with the replacement of the sanitary sewer and house connections in the area. As well, Public Works Director Ben Kester has contacted Durham Region regarding the possibility of bringing services north to Elgin Park Dr.
According to Gord Murray of Stantec Consulting, the work is tentatively scheduled for next year, depending on funding. Mr. Murray added that the project should be completed during a four-month time frame.
Once this work is complete, Mr. Kester noted that the municipality will explore options to continue improvements along Main St. heading south.
"This is the worst part, so hopefully we can get this done next summer, the we can look at the area further south," added Mr. Kester.
Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor questioned the added parking at Veterans Memorial Park, and the possibility of taking away parkland.
"I don't agree with it," commented Mayor O'Connor. "Why wouldn't you widen the road and allow on-street parking. I don't want to see any of that parkland taken away."
As well, local residents and Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast expressed concerns over speeding cars in the area, with Councillor Northeast suggesting that traffic calming measures be put in place.
Mr. Kester is expected to report back to council with concerns from residents in the near future, before councillors provide further direction on the project.