A city hall meeting took place earlier today, where the Civic Works Committee met with a handful of councilors to discuss new upcoming projects for the city of London. The biggest project, and the one that the councilors were most happy with, would be the Adelaide Street North Railway Grade Separation. This possible project is a underpass for cars, to ease them away from the train tracks and help with train-related congestion.
It was said that the train at Adelaide causes up to 20 delays throughout the day, and up to a total of 80 minutes of waiting time a day.
The underpass would improve the safety of others, as transit and emergency vehicles will be able to pass by quickly, without the worry of being stopped and delayed.
The underpass was preferred by the surrounding community due to easily connecting with side streets, having no wait time, it is an easier option that overpasses for cyclists and walkers, and underpasses tend to be more quiet and peaceful. There will still be sidewalks available, and 4 lanes underneath.
The project is estimated to take about 2 years, starting in either 2021, or 2022. However, throughout the 2 years, there will be a temporary road available for those who take Adelaide often, and for the surrounding community, although, the Civic Works Committee did mention it may only be 2 lanes.
This underpass is estimated to cost approximately $58.3 million.
A concern with this project is the park that is nearby being ripped up, and may be uncomfortable for some people to use. The committee mentioned that even though they will have to take some of the park up, that by the end of the 2 years, there is part of the budget that will go towards repairing the park.