The summer can be slow but as always, crews are moving as quickly as they can. This week, our team continued to navigate through all of the existing underground utilities. Sometimes we encounter undocumented infrastructure, built decades ago, which requires us to adapt and modify our plan on the fly. This isn't always easy, but we appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we work through these little surprises and continue to build the most dynamic street in London.
In other news, the crew has moved the pedestrian crossing from the west side of Talbot Street over to the east side to allow for some additional duct work and remaining road excavations to be completed.
Dundas Place goers would also notice that the mid-block crossover between Talbot and Richmond was closed earlier this week so crews could pour concrete for the hydro ducts. These short-term crosswalk closures will continue to occur, which is why our construction fencing is set up in a way that allows crews to be nimble and change things on demand.
Meet the People Behind the Transformation
When we talk about Dundas Place, we talk about community at its core. We want everyone who experiences Dundas Place, through the construction and beyond, to feel connected not just to the street, but to its people. This week, the Dundas Place project team installed a new set of construction fencing signs. Now, the streets are lined with the faces of Dundas Place. Click the video below for a sneak peak!
Save the Date
While we work away on building Dundas Place, the Dundas Place community has announced that they'll be hosting the first-ever Dundas Place Arts Festival on Saturday August 11th. On this day, Dundas Street, between Clarence and Wellington, will be closed to vehicular traffic and open for pedestrians. Get ready for a block filled with local shops, buskers, artists and entertainment! Specific programming details to be announced over the next few weeks. If you are interested in attending, check out Downtown London's Facebook Event today!
The Dundas Place Arts Festival is the first of what we hope will be many community-driven events in the area. There are plenty of ways to contribute an idea or get involved in the transformation of Dundas Place. If interested, visit the community page on our website and submit your ideas today!
Below is a summary of work completed week of July 16 and next steps for the week ahead.
Work Anticipated Next Week: