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Brock Street now closed until Spring for culvert construction


DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard

UXBRIDGE: As the holiday break ended for many around the community this week, there was a big change in downtown Uxbridge, with a portion of Brock Street now slated to be closed until March 31st to facilitate the Culvert Project. The portion of Brock Street West between Bascom Street and Toronto Street will be closed to through-traffic, starting on Monday, January 6th through to the end of March. Construction crews will be working in the area to install shoring, excavate and install pre-cast culvert sections. Township staff added that the timing of the closure is weather dependent. After several delays to the project, including a multi-million dollar purchase by the township of the Coffee Time/Circle K property, the project was able to move forward significantly in the late stages of 2019. However, the progress was too little, too late, for one local business who recently announced on their Facebook page that the business will move to Water Street in Port Perry, in part because of the project, which has seen its price tag swell from 10 million dollars in 2015 to approximately 24 million dollars. “In light of the very strong challenges our business has been facing in the past year due to the highly disruptive culvert construction project, and the very little support so far received from the township and the local BIA, we have been forced to look for a better option to keep our business running,” read said business’ facebook post. Throughout the closure, pedestrians will be able to access Brock Street, and measures will be in place to enable pedestrians to walk through the construction area safely. Centennial Park Drive will be open during the Brock Street closure. Motorists are asked to be patient and leave extra time to travel through the construction area. Traffic lights installed at Toronto Street North and Main Street North in the Fall of 2018, when the project began, are also intended to aid motorists traveling in the area. For additional information on the Brock Street Culvert Project, please visit this website:­­ www.uxbridgeculvert.ca

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