Building the base for interlocking brick
We made huge progress on Dundas Place this week between Ridout and Talbot. The crew has nearly completed the concrete work on all of the large planter boxes and the next step is to smooth them out using a sand blaster.
On Friday, the construction team started pouring concrete for the new flexible street! The former sidewalk and road - which will no longer be separated - received a layer of concrete. This will be the base for the new interlocking brick. We pour a concrete slab under the bricks to mitigate any chance of ground settlement. If we were to lay the bricks over top of gravel, like a traditional brick driveway for example, the surface would become rutted over time.
The video below shows crews pouring and smoothing out concrete on Friday afternoon.
The crew also started installing the trench drain from Ridout to Talbot, working their way east. These drains will line the street to drain rain water instead of using a traditional curb. Trench drains are not only functional, but also serve as a visual delineation between the road and the sidewalk.
Just east of Talbot, crews continued with the installation of telecommunications pipe work for Dundas Place.
Intersection Closure at Richmond and Dundas
At the northwest corner of Richmond and Dundas, crews started to install a hydro vault and watermain pipes. To expedite the hydro work across Richmond, crews will continue to work over the weekend. As a result, the intersection of Richmond and Dundas will be closed in all directions from Saturday at 7:00 a.m. until Sunday at 7:00 a.m.
Dundas Place Arts Festival Recap
Last Saturday, the first Dundas Place Arts Festival took place between Clarence and Wellington. This gave local businesses the opportunity to spill out into the street and show Londoners what Dundas Place is all about. To see more photos, view our events page.
2018 Core Construction Update
Construction has been underway in our core for the past five months. As we approach the end of August, we wanted to provide a quick update on the progress we’ve made and on the key milestones that are on the horizon for all three core construction projects. Below is a summary of what to expect on Dundas Street in the coming months:
The intersection of Dundas Street and Talbot Street is expected to re-open for northbound and southbound traffic in mid-September.
Once Talbot Street and Dundas Street intersection is reopened, the intersection of Richmond Street and Dundas Street will be closed for approximately 6 weeks so crews can complete underground infrastructure work.
The flex street’s unique paving stones will start to be placed at the end of August, beginning at Ridout Street and moving eastward at which time you will start to see some of the construction fencing come down.
Visit london.ca/coreconstruction to learn more about what to expect on York and Talbot.
Below is a summary of Dundas Place construction for the week of August 13th and next steps for the week ahead.
Forming of concrete planters and sidewalk
Pouring of concrete for planters and sidewalk east of Ridout
Trench drain installation
Pouring concrete for sidewalk and roadway
Hydro telecommunication and street light pipe work at Talbot
Hydro installation at Richmond intersection
Work Anticipated Next Week:
Continue with concrete work between Ridout and Talbot
Continue with the trench drain installation
Finalize duct work at Talbot intersection
Continue telecom duct work between Talbot and Richmond