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Making way for new water

This week was all about getting ready for new watermain pipes. We are in the process of testing the temporary watermains and pending positive results, the contractor will begin installing the new watermain for Dundas Place as early as next week. This means replacing the aging, fragile cast iron pipes with modern PVC pipes which are more reliable, less prone to breaks, low maintenance and will require shorter repair times if needed in the future.

Crews also did some 'hydro vac' work this week. This is a dirt removal process that involves using a high-pressure water jet to loosen dirt around existing utilities. Then, we vacuum the loose dirt out to make room for the new underground infrastructure. Since there is a multitude of existing live infrastructure to consider, digging with big equipment is almost impossible. Hydro vac is less intrusive and saves time. Below is an image of the hydro vac process underway.

Like water, hydro is another critical utility for us to maintain during construction. Temporary hydro needs to be installed both above and below ground to maintain the level of service needed for businesses and homes along Dundas. Below is an example of what above-ground temporary hydro looks like.

Crews also tackled taking down the old, concrete lamp posts that used to exist on Dundas Street. The picture below shows what remains!

As always, the pedestrian experience around the Dundas Place construction zone is top of mind. If walking on Dundas this weekend, you'll notice a sidewalk closure from Talbot Street to the courthouse. This portion of the sidewalk will remain closed until further notice. We'll be sure to send an update once this is reopened.

Dundas Place isn't the only construction project going on in our downtown this year either. If you are curious about the other core construction projects and how they contribute to the future we're all working towards, I'd recommend reading it up at london.ca/coreconstruction. As part of this campaign, you'll begin to see more orange signs around the city to give you and those travelling into our city advanced notice of construction in our downtown.

That's all for now! If you're reading this blog and you ever have a question about Dundas Place construction, please feel free to email dundasplace@london.ca. We'd love to answer your questions in an upcoming post.

Below is a summary of work from May 7-11.

Work this week Ridout to Talbot:

  • London Hydro utility work

  • Bell utility rehabilitation

  • Temporary watermain testing

Talbot Intersection

  • Temporary watermain testing

  • Bell utility rehabilitation

Talbot to Richmond:

  • Temporary hydro utility work

  • Hydro work to buildings

  • Temporary watermain testing

East of Richmond:

  • Temporary watermain testing

  • Utility services into basement walls

Work anticipated next week

Ridout to Talbot:

  • Temporary watermain installation into buildings

  • Watermain installation

  • Temporary hydro pole installation

  • Bell utility work

Talbot Intersection

  • Watermain installation

  • Bell utility work

Talbot to Richmond:

  • Temporary watermain installation into buildings

  • Watermain installation

  • Temporary hydro pole installation

  • Hydro work to buildings

East of Richmond:

  • Temporary watermain installation into buildings

  • Temporary hydro pole installation

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Dundas Place is the first transformational project in Our Move Forward, London's Downtown Plan and a 2019 core construction project. To learn more, visit: london.ca/coreconstruction

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