Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge & West Mill Street Improvements

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Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge

In 2012, the Pearle Hospitality Elora Mill Development concept recognized the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as a key public connection between the Pearle South Side Development and the existing Downtown Elora Businesses. In 2015 the County of Wellington began the process to review the reconstruct/replacement of the Metcalfe St (Badley) Bridge due to some structural issues which required the closing of the sidewalks in late 2014. The need to replace the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in the short term arose during conversations with the County of Wellington as they were undertaking a review of the Badley (Metcalfe Street) Bridge rehabilitation or replacement through their Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. As part of these discussions it was agreed that the re-instatement of the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge would provide significant improvements for public access to the downtown and for Downtown Elora businesses and residents especially during the Badley Bridge rehabilitation or replacement. For this reason the Township identified funding for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as part of the 2016 budget which was latter approved by Council to be funded from the Jack R. MacDonald Trust funds.


Victoria Street Pedestrian Street Bridge Update - June 10, 2019

  • The placement of rebar for the bridge deck and curbs is complete.
  • The concrete pour for the bridge deck is happening on Wed. June 12th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The equipment and concrete trucks for the deck pour will be set up on the south side of the bridge.
  • The formwork placement and concrete pour for the bridge curbs are anticipated to be underway the following week.
  • Work is continuing on the installation of underground conduits, wiring and vaults for hydro and utilities within the piazza.
  • Work is underway for the rebar and formwork for the concrete footing and retaining wall in the piazza.
  • We anticipate that the concrete edge band around the perimeter of the piazza will be done in the next couple of weeks.

The upcoming Victoria St. Pedestrian Bridge 2019 construction will include:

  • Construction of the bridge deck concrete topping and side curbs, masonry pilasters, steel framing and arched masonry stone side skirts along the bridge, steel railings, electrical, lighting and the finished piazza concrete slab, retaining wall, storm sewer extension and planting beds.


Background:

In December of 2016, Council endorsed the EA preferred concept alternative for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge and directed staff to proceed with the detailed design, applications for regulatory approvals, preparation of tender documents and construction for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in 2017.

As the design development has progressed, the cost estimates have been refined, and further bridge design options have been generated to better achieve the objectives of the project in a cost effective manner.

A public information meeting and special council meeting was held on Wednesday, November 22 at the Elora Community Centre to outline the various design and funding options for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge. The results from both online and written surveys showed that 37% of the community chose Alternative 6 as their number one choice. Alternative 6 includes a 6.0 metre deck width with a circular belvedere at mid-span width of 9.3 metres. Council unanimously decided to move forward with Alternative 6. The total cost of Alternative 6 including non-rebated HST is $1.395 million. With preliminary cost estimate for Alternative 6 over budget, Council has chosen to fund the additional amount with internal funds as follows: $160,000 to be taken from the operations centre reserve and the remaining $135,000 from the dedicated bridge capital levy.


West Mill Street Improvements

Project Outline

Since early 2016, Township staff and Consultants have been working together through a public consultation process to develop the preferred concept alternative for West Mill Street with input from the community, stakeholders and the Elora BIA.

West Mill St. Construction Update - June 10, 2019:

  • The up lighting for the street trees has been installed and requires electrical inspection before the lights can be operated.
  • The two access paths across the West Mill St. planting beds were installed this week.
  • The installation of the portable access ramps was completed this week. The rest of the street furniture including benches, bike racks and waste receptacles will follow later, timing still to be confirmed.
  • Work is underway this week on the concrete removals / replacements to some areas of the concrete curbs and gutters along West Mill St. and Price St. We anticipate that this will be finished this week. Vehicles will not be able to use the parking spots by the areas of concrete curb while that work is underway. Temporary no parking signs will be posted and the work area will be fenced off. West Mill St. and Price St. will remain open to vehicle traffic and to pedestrians during the concrete removals and replacements.
  • The area of heaved / settled concrete sidewalk by the base of the stairs close to the intersection of West Mill St and Metcalfe St. was replaced this week. The stairs and affected sidewalk area are temporarily fenced off for this concrete work. The pedestrian ramp is open and pedestrian access to the buildings in this area will be maintained.
  • The elevations of the manholes and valves in the roadway will be raised up to match the surface asphalt elevation towards the end of this week.
  • The road milling preparation on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. is scheduled for next week Monday June 17th.
  • There will be periodic temporary lane restrictions and vehicle access interruptions on West Mill St. and Price St. during the milling and adjustment of the structure elevations, however the roads will generally remain open to vehicles during this work.
  • The surface asphalt road paving on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. is scheduled for next week Tuesday June 18th. West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking for one day for the asphalt paving. See the attached notice of construction letter which will also be distributed to the businesses and residents in the area.
  • The line painting will likely be done the week after paving, this work is weather dependent and the timing is still to be confirmed. The roads will need to be closed to vehicle traffic and parking for approximately half a day for the line painting.
  • Pedestrian access to the sidewalks, stores and residences will be maintained during the road milling, paving and line painting.
  • Traffic barriers and construction signage will be in place for the road closures and the Contractor will advise the affected businesses and residents on West Mill St. and Price St. in advance of the road closures.
  • It is requested that businesses and residents avoid scheduling any deliveries during the road milling, paving and line painting work and plan to park elsewhere during the road closures. The nearby parking lot at the Elora LCBO on Metcalfe St. is available for free public parking.
  • The remaining areas for sandblasting include the north piazza, the section of sidewalk in front of the Mews courtyard entrance, and the greenspace path. The remaining areas of sandblasting will be done this summer. Notice will be provided in advance.

West Mill Street Display Boards

Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge

In 2012, the Pearle Hospitality Elora Mill Development concept recognized the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as a key public connection between the Pearle South Side Development and the existing Downtown Elora Businesses. In 2015 the County of Wellington began the process to review the reconstruct/replacement of the Metcalfe St (Badley) Bridge due to some structural issues which required the closing of the sidewalks in late 2014. The need to replace the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in the short term arose during conversations with the County of Wellington as they were undertaking a review of the Badley (Metcalfe Street) Bridge rehabilitation or replacement through their Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. As part of these discussions it was agreed that the re-instatement of the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge would provide significant improvements for public access to the downtown and for Downtown Elora businesses and residents especially during the Badley Bridge rehabilitation or replacement. For this reason the Township identified funding for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as part of the 2016 budget which was latter approved by Council to be funded from the Jack R. MacDonald Trust funds.


Victoria Street Pedestrian Street Bridge Update - June 10, 2019

  • The placement of rebar for the bridge deck and curbs is complete.
  • The concrete pour for the bridge deck is happening on Wed. June 12th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The equipment and concrete trucks for the deck pour will be set up on the south side of the bridge.
  • The formwork placement and concrete pour for the bridge curbs are anticipated to be underway the following week.
  • Work is continuing on the installation of underground conduits, wiring and vaults for hydro and utilities within the piazza.
  • Work is underway for the rebar and formwork for the concrete footing and retaining wall in the piazza.
  • We anticipate that the concrete edge band around the perimeter of the piazza will be done in the next couple of weeks.

The upcoming Victoria St. Pedestrian Bridge 2019 construction will include:

  • Construction of the bridge deck concrete topping and side curbs, masonry pilasters, steel framing and arched masonry stone side skirts along the bridge, steel railings, electrical, lighting and the finished piazza concrete slab, retaining wall, storm sewer extension and planting beds.


Background:

In December of 2016, Council endorsed the EA preferred concept alternative for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge and directed staff to proceed with the detailed design, applications for regulatory approvals, preparation of tender documents and construction for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in 2017.

As the design development has progressed, the cost estimates have been refined, and further bridge design options have been generated to better achieve the objectives of the project in a cost effective manner.

A public information meeting and special council meeting was held on Wednesday, November 22 at the Elora Community Centre to outline the various design and funding options for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge. The results from both online and written surveys showed that 37% of the community chose Alternative 6 as their number one choice. Alternative 6 includes a 6.0 metre deck width with a circular belvedere at mid-span width of 9.3 metres. Council unanimously decided to move forward with Alternative 6. The total cost of Alternative 6 including non-rebated HST is $1.395 million. With preliminary cost estimate for Alternative 6 over budget, Council has chosen to fund the additional amount with internal funds as follows: $160,000 to be taken from the operations centre reserve and the remaining $135,000 from the dedicated bridge capital levy.


West Mill Street Improvements

Project Outline

Since early 2016, Township staff and Consultants have been working together through a public consultation process to develop the preferred concept alternative for West Mill Street with input from the community, stakeholders and the Elora BIA.

West Mill St. Construction Update - June 10, 2019:

  • The up lighting for the street trees has been installed and requires electrical inspection before the lights can be operated.
  • The two access paths across the West Mill St. planting beds were installed this week.
  • The installation of the portable access ramps was completed this week. The rest of the street furniture including benches, bike racks and waste receptacles will follow later, timing still to be confirmed.
  • Work is underway this week on the concrete removals / replacements to some areas of the concrete curbs and gutters along West Mill St. and Price St. We anticipate that this will be finished this week. Vehicles will not be able to use the parking spots by the areas of concrete curb while that work is underway. Temporary no parking signs will be posted and the work area will be fenced off. West Mill St. and Price St. will remain open to vehicle traffic and to pedestrians during the concrete removals and replacements.
  • The area of heaved / settled concrete sidewalk by the base of the stairs close to the intersection of West Mill St and Metcalfe St. was replaced this week. The stairs and affected sidewalk area are temporarily fenced off for this concrete work. The pedestrian ramp is open and pedestrian access to the buildings in this area will be maintained.
  • The elevations of the manholes and valves in the roadway will be raised up to match the surface asphalt elevation towards the end of this week.
  • The road milling preparation on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. is scheduled for next week Monday June 17th.
  • There will be periodic temporary lane restrictions and vehicle access interruptions on West Mill St. and Price St. during the milling and adjustment of the structure elevations, however the roads will generally remain open to vehicles during this work.
  • The surface asphalt road paving on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. is scheduled for next week Tuesday June 18th. West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St. will be closed to vehicle traffic and parking for one day for the asphalt paving. See the attached notice of construction letter which will also be distributed to the businesses and residents in the area.
  • The line painting will likely be done the week after paving, this work is weather dependent and the timing is still to be confirmed. The roads will need to be closed to vehicle traffic and parking for approximately half a day for the line painting.
  • Pedestrian access to the sidewalks, stores and residences will be maintained during the road milling, paving and line painting.
  • Traffic barriers and construction signage will be in place for the road closures and the Contractor will advise the affected businesses and residents on West Mill St. and Price St. in advance of the road closures.
  • It is requested that businesses and residents avoid scheduling any deliveries during the road milling, paving and line painting work and plan to park elsewhere during the road closures. The nearby parking lot at the Elora LCBO on Metcalfe St. is available for free public parking.
  • The remaining areas for sandblasting include the north piazza, the section of sidewalk in front of the Mews courtyard entrance, and the greenspace path. The remaining areas of sandblasting will be done this summer. Notice will be provided in advance.

West Mill Street Display Boards

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