SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The township of Uxbridge is preparing to start construction on the Culvert Connection Project in the downtown area, for the spring of 2018.
The current culvert under Brock Street West, carries water underneath the town from the Uxbridge Brook. The culvert has deteriorated with age, and flood modeling studies show the existing culvert is not large enough to prevent severe flooding through the downtown area, if a storm of historical proportions were to occur.
“If there was ever to be a Regional Storm, which is like a hurricane Hazel storm event, the water flowing over Brock Street would be approximately seven to eight feet deep,” said Ben Kester, Director of Public Works.
The Culvert Connection Project was started in 2012 and has been successful in obtaining grants to cover $5-million of the cost.
The total cost of the project is approximately $10-million, and will be the first project in the Township of Uxbridge to involve all four levels of government.
A portion of the culvert is property of the Durham Region, so they will be putting approximately $2.8-million into the project as well.
According to Ben, the town’s engineers are about 30 per cent done the detailed design for the culvert.
During the reconstruction of the culvert, there will be road closures along Brock Street, between Bascom Street and Main Street. According to the town, early estimates, anticipate the road closures to last approximately three to four months.
The project will require the removal of the Township-owned Durham Regional Police Services building that houses the Youth Centre, on 34 Brock Street West.
The Township has been working with the individuals who use this location, to prepare for the upcoming construction and removal of this building in the early spring of next year.
By removing this building in the downtown core, which blocks the town’s floodplain, there will be a greater opportunity for redevelopment opportunities in the future.
The Township has been fortunate in obtaining a Rural Economic Development grant, from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and rural affairs. This grant will go towards funding communication with, and promotion of, local businesses effected by the project.
The Township of Uxbridge is currently assembling a Culvert Connection project team, for the communications surrounding the project, which it hopes to roll out in the near future.
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