Basketball brings 2000 people downtown during construction
What a week! With over 70 water service connections to get through between Richmond and Wellington, the contractor only has a handful left to complete.
Because water service connections are made under the sidewalk, the crew has to use a variety of techniques to maintain sidewalk access while work is underway. If you see plywood or gravel, they're likely actively working on a water connection in that spot. As a courtesy to your customers, friends or family, we encourage you to let them know that they may encounter uneven surfaces until we wrap up this water connection work. Areas will be restored with temporary asphalt as they are completed (shown below).
Work Zone Extended
Starting early next week, the contractor will be extending the work zone west to Richmond. Once they move the construction fence, they'll tear up the asphalt and excavation will start right after. We already did some work here last year to speed things up this time around.
Hydro Work Resumed
A big crane was brought in this past week to install a structure that our crews need to resume work on the underground hydro pipe lines. Luckily these concrete boxes can be lifted in as needed, versus the old days when they were poured on the spot. This allows us to get to work in matter of hours instead of weeks.
Southbound Lane Restored
As of Friday night, Wellington Street has been fully reopened to southbound traffic (shown below). It might seem a little "patchy" but that's because there's still more work to be done here later in the season. In the meantime, this helps open up the area to pedestrians and clear the way for southbound traffic on Wellington.
It's All About The Details
Down on Dundas between Ridout and Richmond, crews completed another finishing touch. The words "Dundas Street" were etched into the concrete at street corners. This was a detail decided on during public consultation in keeping with the tradition in our Downtown Heritage Conservation District.
London's Own "Jurassic Park"
Last Sunday (June 2), the City spontaneously transformed Dundas Place into London's Own "Jurassic Park" by shutting down the "Bud block" with a giant outdoor screen. Since then, the City has aired a total of three games and will continue to air all NBA Finals games. Check out the recap video below to get a sense of the atmosphere!
It is estimated that more than 2000 people came to Dundas Place on Friday night to watch Game 4 of the NBA Finals. This activation has been such a huge success that you might even catch us on Sportsnet this Sunday!
If your heading to the next game on Monday, or if you own a business on Dundas Place and want to show your support for the Raptors in a unique way, be sure to tag #JurassicParkLDN in your posts so we can feature you on the Dundas Place Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.
Celebrate King Street
Join your neigbours on King Street for a special evening hosted by the City of London and the Covent Garden Market on Thursday, June 13 from 4-7 p.m. We'll be sharing information about the new King Street design, upcoming downtown projects and providing some transportation tips as part of the Evening Farmers' Market. Plus, meet Dr. Jason Gilliland, Director of Urban Development at the University of Western Ontario; he knows a thing or two about active transportation and building a healthy downtown!