The phase one of construction on Dundas Place from Ridout Street to East of Richmond Street is coming to an end this winter and Londoners will soon be able to fully enjoy the new improvements.
Downtown Projects and Business Relations Manager Jim Yanchula says that so far, they have found some interesting things underground during construction.
“We found a boarded up coal shoot that an old building, in the 1900’s, used to bring the coal in to fire up their furnace in those days,” says Yanchula.
He says they have stick to the plan and some minor changes have been made. This is because of the unexpected findings, for instance, “a connection from a building to a sewer isn’t exactly the location that the plans shows,” he adds.
Dundas place will be a flexible street that will share space with pedestrians, cyclist, and motorists.
“It will be open to traffic from two directions, open for vehicles, much wider pedestrian areas, there won’t be actually that much of a sidewalk because there is no curve on the street,” he says, “the thing that will mainly defined where the vehicles go will be the storm sewer drains on the side where a curve normally might be.”
Buses will not be able to go through Dundas Street anymore. Routes 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 19, 20, 23, and 102 are being permanently relocated at Queen Street and King Street.
Yanchula encourages citizens to be patient and would like to remind that businesses are still operating normally.