Two streets are getting “urbanized” and one new one will be built. Engineering on the work is well under way and plans were on display at a Public Information Centre at the CCC on Tuesday. Both Albert Street (Hibernia to Third) and Mathew Street are currently in bad shape and need curbs, repaving and new water mains as well as adjustment of some Hydro routes. But the biggest project is the construction of Kerr Street between Division and D’Arcy with a spur West of Division. This will cost $2M or more. Traffic lights at Ewart will be taken out and new ones installed instead at the new intersection of Kerr and Division. Northam Park’s West Street will also be extended to Kerr to become the new main access to the Industrial park.
Kerr Street will then become a major East West route complete with Street lights and an adjacent bicycle/pedestrian path. One benefit is that traffic southbound on D’Arcy will be able to use Kerr to bypass traffic hold-ups caused by freight trains at the level crossing just south of Kerr.
Although initially built as a 2 lane road, there will be provision for easy expansion to 4 lanes. Long term plans include linking existing sections at the West end of Town and extending the East end to Brook so that it truly becomes an arterial road.
Some will be pleased to know that the intersection of D’Arcy and Kerr will not feature a roundabout. It will also not have traffic lights – at least not initially.
Note that the short extension of Kerr west from Division to the Midtown creek flood reduction pond is also part of the project.
The Public Information Centre was well attended – see the photo above which includes Works Director Laurie Wills explaining a detail to Mayor John Henderson. Since it was a drop-in format lasting two hours, counting attendance was not feasible for me.
In 2017 there was $1.7M in the budget for this project (plus $200K for the spur) but it was mostly not spent. Since then, some engineering has obviously been done but the projects will need budget approval if they are to happen in 2020. Stay tuned.
- Midtown Creek Pond Environmental Assessment – 25 Jan 2018
- Cobourg Budget performance to end of Q3 – 3 December 2017 – Budget not spent – see Notes – significant Variances>Roads/sewers near the bottom of the page.