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 Bridge Update - November 29, 2018

  • The installation of the precast concrete bridge deck slabs was completed this week.
  • The construction fence has been moved towards the back of the piazza.
  • The temporary asphalt is anticipated to be installed across the end of the piazza next week Monday or Tuesday. This will open up the sidewalk across the piazza over winter. The temporary asphalt will be replaced with a new poured concrete slab in the piazza next year.
  • The bridge construction will pause over winter and resume in spring 2019 with the construction of the bridge deck concrete topping and side curbs, masonry pilasters, steel framing and arched masonry side skirts along the bridge, steel railings, electrical, lighting and the finished piazza concrete slab 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.


Background Supporting Documents:

Final Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge Drawings

Display boards presented at the Special Meeting on November 22

Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge Design and Financial Options

Display boards presented at the April 4, 2018 Key Township Open House


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. The preferred fall construction timing identified by the Elora BIA avoids construction during the busy summer tourist season. The nature of the construction ruled out building during the winter, and the large scope of the construction was too much to be completed between September to December. This was resolved by splitting the construction into two stages as outlined below.


Latest Update as of December 6, 2018

  • The concrete retaining walls for the ramp and raised planting bed by the Village Olive Grove store have been completed.
  • The concrete curb along West Mill St. by the raised planting bed was finished this week.
  • The concrete ramp slab was poured this week and the concrete sidewalk slabs and coloured edge band were completed adjacent to the ramp and between the Yarn Bird store and the Village Olive Grove store.
  • Asphalt paving was installed at the end of the Mews driveway and across the end of the piazza this week.
  • Asphalt was infilled around the majority of the curb and gutters and catch basin / manholes on West Mill St. and Price St. There are some small areas still to be patched with asphalt alongside the curb by the new ramp at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. Drains are also to be installed at some of the catch basins on West Mill St. and Price St. This work will likely be done next week. The parking spots and / or the roadway adjacent to these areas will need to be temporarily blocked for construction access to the work. The road will be open for vehicle access with some short term periodic lane restrictions. The sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians.
  • We anticipate that the installation of the steel railings at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. will be done in January. In the meanwhile temporary railings are in place along the ramp and stairs and raised planting bed for public safety.
  • The contractor will return in spring 2019 to complete the surface asphalt paving and final line painting along West Mill St. and Price St. as well as the landscape plantings, the sidewalk sandblasting finish and installation of benches, waste receptacles, bike racks, wayfinding sign, water bottle filling station and any remaining railings.

General:

  • All anticipated timing is preliminary and may be subject to change due to weather conditions, site conditions and the progress of the work. Downsview will advise the affected residents and businesses of changes to the construction plan to provide as much notice as changes to the situation allow.
  • The contractor will periodically use two or three parking spots on West Mill St. as needed for their access to the work area during the streetscape construction.
  • West Mill St. and Price St. will be kept open to vehicle traffic except for periodic temporary road closures required for major construction events such as asphalt road paving and line painting. Notification will be provided in advance of any scheduled road closures.
  • The proposed streetscape improvements include new poured concrete sidewalks sandblasted and coloured in key areas, street trees with up-lighting, planting beds, street furniture such as benches, bike racks, and waste receptacles, a water bottle filling station, wayfinding sign, paving the greenspace pathway, improved accessibility with an access ramp at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. as well as new concrete stairs and an expanded landing area, and surface asphalt and line painting on both Price St. and West Mill St.
  • Access to the West Mill St. stores and residences will generally be maintained during construction. The new concrete sidewalks will be installed in phased sections to allow for pedestrians to use alternate sidewalk areas while the sections of new wet concrete sidewalk are poured and cured. Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians accordingly. We will endeavour to minimize any periodic short term interruptions to local pedestrian access. The contractor will coordinate any temporary access interruptions directly with the affected properties.


Stage 2 (currently underway)

  • Enhanced pedestrian spaces with new concrete sidewalks textured and coloured in key areas and with improved drainage.
  • Streetscape and amenity improvements including enhanced pedestrian pathways, better accessibility, benches, bike racks, additional waste receptacles, improved landscaping including planting beds and street trees which help to counteract CO2 emissions.
  • Enhanced pedestrian landing area at the corner of West Mill Street and Metcalfe Street across from the Greenspace. The expanded landing area will incorporate a wheelchair accessible concrete ramp and wider concrete stairs with decorative steel railings as well as a decorative retaining wall with bench seating and a raised planting bed. The enhanced landing area will create an open welcoming space to help usher pedestrians into the West Mill St. shopping area.
  • Streetscape and landscaping of the piazza at the north end of the upcoming Victoria St. pedestrian bridge. The design of the piazza will be in keeping with the aesthetics of the West Mill streetscape to create a cohesive pedestrian experience. The piazza will form a connecting link from the Victoria St. Bridge into downtown Elora.

Stage 1 – Fall 2017 (Complete)

  • Incorporate two way traffic with a turning lane and refined on street parking with wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Replace aging underground municipal services with a new watermain, new sanitary sewer and new storm drainage. The new storm drainage system includes catch basin shields which improve the quality of the discharged storm water.
  • A new cross walk to create a pedestrian pathway from the upcoming Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge piazza to the north side of West Mill St. by the Elora Mews courtyard.
  • New decorative heritage style street lights with energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Burying existing overhead utilities below ground to create open views.

West Mill Street renderings were presented at the April 4, 2018 Key Township Project Open House. Please note, these renderings are concept plans to date, and may be revised as staff and consultants work through the design development process.


Final West Mill Street Drawing
Final Price Street Drawing
West Mill Street Utilities Drawing

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 Bridge Update - November 29, 2018

  • The installation of the precast concrete bridge deck slabs was completed this week.
  • The construction fence has been moved towards the back of the piazza.
  • The temporary asphalt is anticipated to be installed across the end of the piazza next week Monday or Tuesday. This will open up the sidewalk across the piazza over winter. The temporary asphalt will be replaced with a new poured concrete slab in the piazza next year.
  • The bridge construction will pause over winter and resume in spring 2019 with the construction of the bridge deck concrete topping and side curbs, masonry pilasters, steel framing and arched masonry side skirts along the bridge, steel railings, electrical, lighting and the finished piazza concrete slab 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.


Background Supporting Documents:

Final Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge Drawings

Display boards presented at the Special Meeting on November 22

Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge Design and Financial Options

Display boards presented at the April 4, 2018 Key Township Open House


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. The preferred fall construction timing identified by the Elora BIA avoids construction during the busy summer tourist season. The nature of the construction ruled out building during the winter, and the large scope of the construction was too much to be completed between September to December. This was resolved by splitting the construction into two stages as outlined below.


Latest Update as of December 6, 2018

  • The concrete retaining walls for the ramp and raised planting bed by the Village Olive Grove store have been completed.
  • The concrete curb along West Mill St. by the raised planting bed was finished this week.
  • The concrete ramp slab was poured this week and the concrete sidewalk slabs and coloured edge band were completed adjacent to the ramp and between the Yarn Bird store and the Village Olive Grove store.
  • Asphalt paving was installed at the end of the Mews driveway and across the end of the piazza this week.
  • Asphalt was infilled around the majority of the curb and gutters and catch basin / manholes on West Mill St. and Price St. There are some small areas still to be patched with asphalt alongside the curb by the new ramp at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. Drains are also to be installed at some of the catch basins on West Mill St. and Price St. This work will likely be done next week. The parking spots and / or the roadway adjacent to these areas will need to be temporarily blocked for construction access to the work. The road will be open for vehicle access with some short term periodic lane restrictions. The sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians.
  • We anticipate that the installation of the steel railings at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. will be done in January. In the meanwhile temporary railings are in place along the ramp and stairs and raised planting bed for public safety.
  • The contractor will return in spring 2019 to complete the surface asphalt paving and final line painting along West Mill St. and Price St. as well as the landscape plantings, the sidewalk sandblasting finish and installation of benches, waste receptacles, bike racks, wayfinding sign, water bottle filling station and any remaining railings.

General:

  • All anticipated timing is preliminary and may be subject to change due to weather conditions, site conditions and the progress of the work. Downsview will advise the affected residents and businesses of changes to the construction plan to provide as much notice as changes to the situation allow.
  • The contractor will periodically use two or three parking spots on West Mill St. as needed for their access to the work area during the streetscape construction.
  • West Mill St. and Price St. will be kept open to vehicle traffic except for periodic temporary road closures required for major construction events such as asphalt road paving and line painting. Notification will be provided in advance of any scheduled road closures.
  • The proposed streetscape improvements include new poured concrete sidewalks sandblasted and coloured in key areas, street trees with up-lighting, planting beds, street furniture such as benches, bike racks, and waste receptacles, a water bottle filling station, wayfinding sign, paving the greenspace pathway, improved accessibility with an access ramp at the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St. as well as new concrete stairs and an expanded landing area, and surface asphalt and line painting on both Price St. and West Mill St.
  • Access to the West Mill St. stores and residences will generally be maintained during construction. The new concrete sidewalks will be installed in phased sections to allow for pedestrians to use alternate sidewalk areas while the sections of new wet concrete sidewalk are poured and cured. Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians accordingly. We will endeavour to minimize any periodic short term interruptions to local pedestrian access. The contractor will coordinate any temporary access interruptions directly with the affected properties.


Stage 2 (currently underway)

  • Enhanced pedestrian spaces with new concrete sidewalks textured and coloured in key areas and with improved drainage.
  • Streetscape and amenity improvements including enhanced pedestrian pathways, better accessibility, benches, bike racks, additional waste receptacles, improved landscaping including planting beds and street trees which help to counteract CO2 emissions.
  • Enhanced pedestrian landing area at the corner of West Mill Street and Metcalfe Street across from the Greenspace. The expanded landing area will incorporate a wheelchair accessible concrete ramp and wider concrete stairs with decorative steel railings as well as a decorative retaining wall with bench seating and a raised planting bed. The enhanced landing area will create an open welcoming space to help usher pedestrians into the West Mill St. shopping area.
  • Streetscape and landscaping of the piazza at the north end of the upcoming Victoria St. pedestrian bridge. The design of the piazza will be in keeping with the aesthetics of the West Mill streetscape to create a cohesive pedestrian experience. The piazza will form a connecting link from the Victoria St. Bridge into downtown Elora.

Stage 1 – Fall 2017 (Complete)

  • Incorporate two way traffic with a turning lane and refined on street parking with wheelchair accessible parking spaces.
  • Replace aging underground municipal services with a new watermain, new sanitary sewer and new storm drainage. The new storm drainage system includes catch basin shields which improve the quality of the discharged storm water.
  • A new cross walk to create a pedestrian pathway from the upcoming Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge piazza to the north side of West Mill St. by the Elora Mews courtyard.
  • New decorative heritage style street lights with energy efficient LED lighting.
  • Burying existing overhead utilities below ground to create open views.

West Mill Street renderings were presented at the April 4, 2018 Key Township Project Open House. Please note, these renderings are concept plans to date, and may be revised as staff and consultants work through the design development process.


Final West Mill Street Drawing
Final Price Street Drawing
West Mill Street Utilities Drawing

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