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And brown King Street is closed to traffic between Richmond and Clarence Streets as construction of the BRT system’s inner city loop has begun. Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press

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It’s that time of the year again when the city crews begin construction. Every year around this time, the city announces its 10 most important projects for the season. reporterAnd browndigs into the numbers and projects on tap.

THE OVERVIEW

“This year’s projects cover areas across London and include starting the construction of the inner city (BRT), upgrading the underground infrastructure and continuously improving our cycle path network,” the city staff said in their report.

THE CRITERION

The top 10 road construction projects are selected based on factors including the scope of work, duration, proximity of a project to other works, its impact on transit and neighborhoods.

BY THE NUMBERS

75: Kilometers of the road to be reconstructed,

fifteen: Intersections to be rebuilt

14th: Kilometers of sewerage replaced or added

10: Kilometers of water are being rebuilt

5: Kilometers of bike paths and sidewalks are built

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1.5: Sewer away kilometers

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THE TOP 10 PROJECTS

(1) What: BRT Downtown Loop Phase 1 (the city’s first express transit project)

Where: King Street between Ridout and Wellington Streets

Includes: New bus-only lanes on the side of the road

costs: $ 8.2 million

Timeline: The work has started

(2) What: Adelaide Street North underpass

Where: Adelaide Street from Central Avenue to McMahen Street

Includes: Replacing the existing underground infrastructure

costs: Part of a $ 58.2 million mega-project

Timeline: The preparatory work began last year and will last until 2022

(3) What: Street image improvements on Dundas Street (Old East Village)

Where: Dundas Street from Adelaide to English Street

Includes: Overheads are being moved underground

costs: $ 12.5 million

Timeline: Early 2021 – autumn 2021

A London Hydro crew works over the traffic on Dundas Street and Ridout Street in London.  (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press) A London Hydro crew works over the traffic on Dundas Street and Ridout Street in London. (Derek Ruttan / The London Free Press)

(4) What: Dundas Street Thames Valley Parkway connection for pedestrians and cyclists

Where: Connects downtown on the Thames Valley Parkway

Includes: Creating a separate cycle path along Dundas Street into the OEV

costs: $ 2.4 million

Timeline: Work will start in spring

(5) What: Renewal of Highbury Avenue Few Expressway Bridge

Where: Highbury Avenue from Hamilton Road to the south

Includes: Replacing the median from the north of the bridge to Hamilton Road

costs: $ 8.9 million

Timeline: 2020-2022

(6) What: Hyde Park and Sunningdale roundabout

Where: Hyde Park and Sunningdale Streets

Includes: Two lane roundabout at the intersection

costs: $ 3.7 million

Timeline: Spring to autumn 2021

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(7) What: Rebuilding Brydges Street

Where: Brydges Street from Egerton Street to Highbury Avenue, including Muir and Swinyard Streets

Includes: Two new on-road bike paths

costs: $ 5.9 million

Timeline: Work will start in late spring

(8) What: Bike trails in Saskatoon and Brydges / Wavell

Where: Brydges Street, Wavell Street and Saskatoon Street

Includes: New bicycle infrastructure

costs: $ 1.5 million

Timeline: Work will start in spring

(9) What: Extension of Mornington Storm Management Pond

Where: The Mornington rainwater management pond is being expanded

Includes: Work on Salisbury Street from Quebec to Glasgow Street, Glasgow Street from Salisbury Street to Connaught Avenue, and Connaught Avenue from Glasgow Street to the west entrance of McCormick Park

costs: $ 4.7 million

Timeline: Work will start in spring

(10) What: Rebuilding Wortley Road

Where: Wortley Road from Briscoe Street to Devonshire Avenue

Includes: Replacement of the underground water and wastewater infrastructure

costs: $ 2.9 million

Timeline: Work will start in spring

Construction signs on Colbourne Street in London, Ont.  (Mike Hensen / The London Free Press) Construction signs on Colbourne Street in London, Ont. (Mike Hensen / The London Free Press)

WHAT YOU SAID

“Construction work during a pandemic has both positive and negative consequences. Reduced vehicle and pedestrian traffic helps from a safety and coordination point of view. However, there have been (last year) material supply and logistics challenges, as well as new and more stringent on-site security protocols that can affect productivity. Overall, when all factors are considered, the pros and cons of building during a pandemic seem to balance each other out. “

Doug MacRae, director of roads and transportation

“The construction of the inner city loop for fast transit, as this is the backbone for the other stages to come. This is the first phase of the transformative transit project that will serve Londoners well for decades to come. As a councilor in the south, I am excited to see the improvements the Wellington Gateway will bring to the south end of town. “

Ward 12 Coun. Elizabeth Peloza, Chair of the Citizens Work Committee, describes which project she noticed

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