Market Square on schedule | Beacon Herald – Ontario News

Market Square on schedule | Beacon Herald – Ontario News

For once winter was kind to Stratford.

Thanks to a relatively mild few months, the city’s Market Square redevelopment project is on schedule. The latest update from the contractor has the $2.5-million revitalization of city hall completed – including bump outs on Wellington and Downie streets – by June 23. When work began this past December, the target was late June so the square could be used as one of the sites for the city’s sesquicentennial celebrations.

Weather, for the most part, has co-operated with this timeline.

“Things are going along really well, so we can be thankful we didn’t have a typical Stratford winter,” city infrastructure and development services director Ed Dujlovic said.

Most of the underground work is now finished – the final tree cells are currently being installed.

Starting next week, sections of sidewalk alongside city hall will be removed. As a result, parking spaces will be lost along Down Street between Brunswick and Albert streets while a section of Wellington Street – from Downie to St. Patrick – will become a one-way southbound street, Dujlovic said.

“For a couple of months until all that work is completed,” he said Wednesday afternoon during the city’s infrastructure, transportation and safety subcommittee meeting. “It narrows up the lanes, and in order to accommodate the work we have to do a partial closure on Wellington and temporarily remove some parking spots on Downie.”

Which means businesses on the south side of Market Square will be affected. City staff, though, have already contacted the owners about this upcoming issue.

Surface work will begin in mid-April and the goal…

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