Monday, September 8, 2014

Update on “Construction Season” in Pelham

Now that we are fully into “construction season” in Pelham, I thought I would give you an update on progress.

“Uptown Fonthill” Reconstruction:
You will recall that the Region leading the reconstruction of Regional Road 20 from Peachtree Park to Lookout Street, and of Haist Street from Canboro Road to Highway 20.

These works include adding bike lanes and sidewalks, upgrading the watermain, road reconstruction, and a new traffic signal. As part of our ongoing efforts to rid the Town of break-prone, cast-iron watermains, the Town asked the contractor to replace the watermain from just East of Pelham Street.

The contractor also completed the replacement of the watermain on Highway 20 between Pinecrest and Haist; now they will work on connecting individual properties. The watermain on Haist Street between Canboro and Highway 20 has been completed, with storm sewer construction underway.

Downtown Fenwick Revitalization:
You will recall that this important project includes reconstructing Canboro Road and parts of Maple and Church Streets and the Welland Road intersection. Since the contractor is replacing the storm sewers and tying them correctly into systems on adjoining streets, they have undertaken significant “dewatering” to reduce the high water table.

During this dewatering process, standard environments tests identified some hydrocarbons in the soil on Canboro Road; this contamination likely emanated from historic gasoline and oil service centres. While this may mean higher soil disposal and dewatering costs, work currently continues at the original tender price and on budget.

Since Hydro One continues to bury the electricity lines on Canboro Road and Maple Street, the excavation contractor has commenced storm sewer construction on Church Street. I understand that we may start to see some of the landscaping – like curbs – materializing soon.

Port Robinson Road – Station to Rice:
As you know, the Town is continuing to enhance walkability and cycle-ability by reconstructing Port Robinson from Station Street to Rice Road.

In addition to bike lanes, sidewalks on both sides, and road reconstruction, we are also installing sewers to support both existing and future potential development. Folks currently along Port Robinson will have the option to connect to these new sewers.

The contractor has completed more than half of the sanitary sewer and watermain construction. To help overcome chronic drainage issues in the area, the contractor has also begun storm sewer construction at the East-end of the project.

To review periodic updates on these and other significant Town projects, please see

As construction “season” continues in Pelham, I sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding. I also look forward to the completion of these and many other improvements in 2014!