2022 Bridge Street Reconstruction

2022 Bridge Street Reconstruction

The Town of Carleton Place is planning to proceed with the reconstruction of Bridge Street from the Central Bridge to Lake Avenue as part of the 2022 Construction Season. This reconstruction will include the following components:

  • New road surface
  • New concrete sidewalks
  • New decorative LED lighting
  • New trees and improved precast concrete tree grates to improve pedestrian walking surface
  • Three pedestrian crossovers that are legally recognized with audible functionality
  • Numerous streetscape features will be added including planting areas, new street furniture, and stamped concrete.

Town staff have been diligently working with our consultant RV Anderson and Louis Bray Construction to develop a thorough plan that will ensure Bridge Street is completed in a safe and timely manner. Louis Bray Construction is able to commence their activities on the Central Bridge Project starting January 3rd, 2022, with a substantial completion date of November 25th, 2002.  The reconstruction of Bridge Street can start as of May 2nd, 2022 and is to be substantially completed by September 30th, 2022.

We understand a significant concern for businesses is maintaining access, please note Louis Bray and their subcontractors are required to maintain access to businesses and private properties throughout the project. The only exemptions to this requirement are when there is an open excavation in the immediate vicinity of an entrance and during the installation of concrete sidewalks and/or curbs. It is everyone’s intention to ensure these exemptions are to be kept to a minimum.  When these situations do arise, businesses and property owners will be notified directly by the contractor 24 hours in advance of access being impacted.  Louis Bray will also be working with merchants to ensure to the best of their abilities the delivery of supplies and goods is maintained throughout the duration of the project.

We understand these two large endeavours will raise a number of questions and concerns especially as our local businesses are recovering from the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please know the Town of Carleton Place will be doing its utmost to support you through this period. This will be a partnership between downtown businesses, Louis Bray Construction, and Town staff, together we will get through this period of construction. To date the following activities have been undertaken:

  • Communication was provided to all residents/businesses in the recent October water bill detailing the Central Bridge Project and Bridge Street Project
  • The Town participated in a virtual presentation with the BIA and Chamber of Commerce to inform local businesses of the project and measures the Town is taking to address any concerns
  • The Town has reached out to Bridge Street property owners advising them directly of the Bridge Street Project
  • The Town & BIA staff have developed signage that will be placed at strategic locations throughout Carleton Place and the surrounding area to direct residents and visitors to downtown businesses while the Central Bridge is out of service.
  • The Town will use its social media resources to reach out to residents and visitors to communicate the downtown will be open for business.
  • We encourage you to sign up to receive the Town’s e-newsletter (CP Scoop) as each week we will continue to provide weekly construction updates of what to expect in the days ahead. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Although I have retired from my position of Director of Public Works, I have been retained by the Town as a Project Manager for the Central Bridge Replacement, and the Bridge St. Reconstruction. I am planning on visiting the businesses that will be impacted by this major project in order to address any further inquiries relating to the project and identify any issues that may arise over the course of the construction.   Kate Murray will also be joining me in this initial outreach initiative.  However, should you need additional answers, clarification, or have a particular concern, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 613-257-2253 or by email dyoung@carletonplace.ca

As much as we have planned and consulted with all parties involved, we know that with every large-scale project there will be challenges and sometimes unexpected hurdles will arise, but with patience and understanding we will overcome and in the end, we will have a beautiful and more accessible downtown that will benefit the residents and visitors to come for many years.

Thank you for your time,

Project Manager – Dave Young