The reconstruction of St. David’s Road is well underway, and the project is set to be completed by the end of the year.
As ThoroldToday reported, Thorold and St. Catharines have joined forces for the phase one reconstruction of St. David’s Road, from Collier Road to Foley Crescent.
The project was discussed during a recent meeting of the Active Transportation Committee, when Chair Michael Milburn asked City Hall staff: “Why is it taking so long?”
“During the construction we found some things that needed to be modified,” answered the City’s Manager of Engineering, Sean Dunsmore. “There was a bit of sanitary sewer that needed to be added that cause a little bit of delay.”
According to Dunsmore, the project is still on schedule to be completed by Christmas.
“We replaced all the water maintenance and sanitary sewers and urbanized the street so it does take some time," he said. "The plan was always six to ten months.”
The committee also briefly discussed the plans to connect Townline Road West with Front Street North.
“That’s the plan we’re moving forward with,” said Dunsmore. “That’s going to be some interesting thing. It’ll fundamentally change the way we drive around the city. It will also be signalized, so hopefully the traffic safety should be improved on Ormond Street as well.”
Dunsmore said that the City is also hoping to redo the part of Townline Road West, where St. David’s Road splits off.
To be able to install a four-way intersection at Leeson Street and Townline Road West, the City needs to buy a little bit of the property from the owner of the parking lot at the Avondale on the corner.
“We’re trying to square that all up but we need to get that property,” Dunsmore told committee members.
If the City is unable to procure the land it will find a different way to redo the intersection.
As for the first phase of the St. David’s Road reconstruction, Dunsmore says he can’t wait for people to see the finished project.
“I really do think that everybody’s going to really like it when we are finally done,” he said.