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Surface work and back to school safety tips

Some of you may wonder what all of the small pipes being installed under Dundas Place are. These are not sewer pipes, and they do not carry water. These pipes actually act as a casing for utility companies to feed their wires through to service buildings along Dundas Place. Each pipe is labelled and used to protect the services you need most like internet and phone lines.

At the same time, the crew resumed installing some of the remaining watermain pipes at the Richmond intersection, moving west. We had to wait to install this portion of the watermain to allow for hydro and gas work to be completed first. This was the result of a very complex construction challenge we faced earlier this year, as written about in our June 8 blog post.

As we approach the "beginning of the end" of the 2018 construction season, crews continue to build the base for brick on the south side of Dundas, between Ridout and Talbot.

10 Back To School Safety Tips

  1. Give yourself more time: Construction and congestion means it’s going to take longer to get where you’re going. Leave a little earlier for class.

  2. Use designated crossings: Visibility is limited and machinery is always on the move in a construction zone. Play it safe and use the nearest designated pedestrian crosswalk.

  3. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing: The best way to make a driver acknowledge your presence is through eye contact. A quick glance ensures they see you and respect your right-of-way.

  4. Be alert: Put your phone away and watch where you’re going. Similar to driving, you need to be aware of your surroundings when walking near construction zones. Keep an eye out for fencing, traffic cones or machinery that may have been moved since you were last in that area.

  5. Use the maps: Refer to the pedestrian navigation maps when travelling through the Dundas Place construction zone.

  6. Read the orange signs: All road changes due to core construction come with orange signs. Carefully read all signs to better understand your route.

  7. Be patient: With frequent road and sidewalk changes, pedestrians may need more time to cross the road.

  8. Obey signage: Don’t park in a no parking or loading zone. School buses or vehicles may need access to these areas to safely unload their passengers and/or product.

  9. Dismount: Never cycle on the sidewalk, especially within a construction zone. Dismount to ensure the safety of all.

  10. Stay informed: Visit london.ca/coreconstruction to view Public Service Announcements or, if you're taking the bus, look up LTC service changes and detours by visiting londontransit.ca.

The picture above shows a new 4m wide asphalt walkway between the two Fanshawe College downtown campuses.

2000 new neighbours

Classes at Fanshawe College start on Wednesday, September 5. We look forward to welcoming 2000 students and more than 200 staff to our downtown core! Take a peak at the timelapse linked below to see the progress Fanshawe College has made on their new building located on Dundas Place.

Below is a summary of Dundas Place construction for the week of August 27 and next steps for the week ahead.

Work Completed:

  • Concrete removal between Ridout/Talbot

  • Concrete work on the south side of Dundas between Ridout/Talbot

  • Brick work preparation

  • Continued duct work between Market Lane and Richmond

  • Watermain installation & hydro west of Richmond intersection

Work Anticipated Next Week:

  • Prepare gravel base for concrete between Ridout/Tabot

  • Trench drain installation between Ridout/Talbot

  • Begin brick laying between Ridout/Talbot

  • Sandblast detailing on concrete planters

  • Duct work from mainline to building between Talbot/Richmond

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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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