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 - July 29, 2019

  • Work is nearing completion on the stone masonry cladding around the pilasters. We anticipate that work on the stone masonry arch facades will begin next week.
  • The concrete slab has been poured in the north piazza. The construction fence has been set back from the edge of the piazza to open up the pedestrian pathway along the sidewalk area through the piazza.
  • The steel railings for the bridge and piazza are being fabricated off site.

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 - July 29, 2019:

  • The work in the north piazza including the installation of the rest of the street furniture, the plantings for the garden beds and the sandblasting of the concrete slab will be finished later this summer after the concrete slab in the piazza has had sufficient time to cure properly. The sandblasting of the section of sidewalk in front of the Mews courtyard entrance and for the greenspace pathway will also be done at that time. The sandblasting areas will be cordoned off for public safety as the contractor moves along from one area of sandblasting to the next. This will cause some temporary limited interruptions of pedestrian access to the areas being sandblasted. Notice will be provided in advance of the sandblasting.

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 - July 29, 2019

  • Work is nearing completion on the stone masonry cladding around the pilasters. We anticipate that work on the stone masonry arch facades will begin next week.
  • The concrete slab has been poured in the north piazza. The construction fence has been set back from the edge of the piazza to open up the pedestrian pathway along the sidewalk area through the piazza.
  • The steel railings for the bridge and piazza are being fabricated off site.

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 - July 29, 2019:

  • The work in the north piazza including the installation of the rest of the street furniture, the plantings for the garden beds and the sandblasting of the concrete slab will be finished later this summer after the concrete slab in the piazza has had sufficient time to cure properly. The sandblasting of the section of sidewalk in front of the Mews courtyard entrance and for the greenspace pathway will also be done at that time. The sandblasting areas will be cordoned off for public safety as the contractor moves along from one area of sandblasting to the next. This will cause some temporary limited interruptions of pedestrian access to the areas being sandblasted. Notice will be provided in advance of the sandblasting.

West Mill Street Display Boards

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