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 - April 17, 2019

With the arrival of the warmer spring weather, we anticipate that the Victoria St. bridge contractor (Bronte Construction) will remobilize to the site around the end of April / early May to restart the construction of the bridge and north piazza in May. We anticipate that the West Mill St. contractor (Downsview) will be restarting construction on May 6. Please note that all anticipated construction timing is tentative and may be subject to change due to weather, site conditions and the progress of the work.

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 - April 17, 2019:

  • The railings were installed in March and are essentially complete except for some modifications to be done for the projection of the handrail at the top of the stairs by the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St.
  • The remaining work to be done includes sandblasting alternating areas of the concrete sidewalk, paving the surface course of asphalt on West Mill St and up Price St. to Church St, doing the roadway line painting, installing the street trees and landscape planting, and installing the street benches, bike racks, water bottle filling station and wayfinding sign. We anticipate that the remaining work will likely be completed by around the end of May.
  • The sandblasting work is tentatively anticipated to start on May 6 and may take approximately one week to complete both sides of the West Mill St. sidewalk from Metcalfe St. to Price St. Individual areas to be sandblasted will be barricaded off for a few hours while the contractor is working on that area and the rest of the sidewalk remains open. Once that section is finished, the contractor will then move the barricades on to the next section of sandblasting. Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to use the alternate sidewalk. Residents and stores in the affected areas will be advised in advance of the timing of the sandblasting in front of their building closer to the date. The sandblasting creates a lot of dust, so access will be restricted to the building during the sandblasting in front of that property. All items will need to be removed from the sidewalk areas, and vehicles will not be allowed to park on the road close to the sandblasting areas. The contractor will coordinate any temporary access interruptions directly with the affected properties closer to the date.
  • In order to do the surface asphalt road paving and line painting on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St., these roads will need to be closed to vehicle traffic and parking likely for one day for the paving and for a separate day for the line painting. This work is tentatively anticipated to go ahead in mid May, but this timing is still to be confirmed. We are trying to schedule the road closures on Mondays or Tuesdays to help minimize disruption. The Contractor will advise the affected businesses and residents in advance of the timing of the road closure, and detour signs and traffic barriers will be put in place.

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 - April 17, 2019

With the arrival of the warmer spring weather, we anticipate that the Victoria St. bridge contractor (Bronte Construction) will remobilize to the site around the end of April / early May to restart the construction of the bridge and north piazza in May. We anticipate that the West Mill St. contractor (Downsview) will be restarting construction on May 6. Please note that all anticipated construction timing is tentative and may be subject to change due to weather, site conditions and the progress of the work.

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 - April 17, 2019:

  • The railings were installed in March and are essentially complete except for some modifications to be done for the projection of the handrail at the top of the stairs by the corner of West Mill St. and Metcalfe St.
  • The remaining work to be done includes sandblasting alternating areas of the concrete sidewalk, paving the surface course of asphalt on West Mill St and up Price St. to Church St, doing the roadway line painting, installing the street trees and landscape planting, and installing the street benches, bike racks, water bottle filling station and wayfinding sign. We anticipate that the remaining work will likely be completed by around the end of May.
  • The sandblasting work is tentatively anticipated to start on May 6 and may take approximately one week to complete both sides of the West Mill St. sidewalk from Metcalfe St. to Price St. Individual areas to be sandblasted will be barricaded off for a few hours while the contractor is working on that area and the rest of the sidewalk remains open. Once that section is finished, the contractor will then move the barricades on to the next section of sandblasting. Signage will be in place to direct pedestrians to use the alternate sidewalk. Residents and stores in the affected areas will be advised in advance of the timing of the sandblasting in front of their building closer to the date. The sandblasting creates a lot of dust, so access will be restricted to the building during the sandblasting in front of that property. All items will need to be removed from the sidewalk areas, and vehicles will not be allowed to park on the road close to the sandblasting areas. The contractor will coordinate any temporary access interruptions directly with the affected properties closer to the date.
  • In order to do the surface asphalt road paving and line painting on West Mill St. and Price St. up to Church St., these roads will need to be closed to vehicle traffic and parking likely for one day for the paving and for a separate day for the line painting. This work is tentatively anticipated to go ahead in mid May, but this timing is still to be confirmed. We are trying to schedule the road closures on Mondays or Tuesdays to help minimize disruption. The Contractor will advise the affected businesses and residents in advance of the timing of the road closure, and detour signs and traffic barriers will be put in place.

West Mill Street Display Boards

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