The final phase of the Village Upgrades project is ready to get underway, with roadwork to begin the week of April 9 on the unfinished section of Cumberland Road, just west of Union Road.
This section of road was allowed to settle over the winter months, after it was pre-loaded in August 2017 to prepare a firmer foundation for paving. The area is now ready for final steps, which includes replacing the temporary surface with a stable base, paving the newly-widened roadway, finishing dedicated bike lanes, and adding landscaping touches along the area.
This work will require a general closure of this portion of Cumberland Road. Work will continue through April and be completed by the end of May.
“We are very excited to see the end results of many years of planning and hard work,” said Mayor Leslie Baird. “As always, we thank the community, in particular the business owners and residents along Cumberland Road, for their support during this last stretch of construction.”
Beginning Monday, April 9, detour routes will take effect for general traffic from 8am-4pm. Local business and residential traffic will always have access along the route – drivers should advise flaggers of where they’re headed. The detour route will run along Union Road to Royston Road and the construction area will reopen to traffic at the end of each work day.
Phase 1 of the Village Upgrades project was completed through 2016/2017 and involved improving six blocks of Dunsmuir Avenue by replacing aging underground services, repaving road surfaces and improving sidewalks. Phase 2, the Cumberland/Bevan Road phase, includes widening the road and shoulder, improving drainage, replacing water lines, and adding new base materials, asphalt paving, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
The Village Upgrades project is part of council’s commitment to improve the infrastructure of Cumberland and provides exciting and much-needed improvements to the community.