Market Lane closure & patios popping up
The biggest news we have this week is the closure of Market Lane. The Market Lane retrofit will remove some of its current fixed (non-movable) elements and reconfigure and/or rebuild others. Crews aim to have the reconstruction work substantially complete and bring back pedestrian access by September 3. In the meantime, pedestrians are reminded that they should access the Covent Garden Market from the west via Talbot Street or from the east via Richmond Street, which will add approximately one minute to their typical trip.
And starting next week, from Tuesday, August 6 to Friday, August 9, Dundas Place between Ridout Street and Richmond Street will be closed to vehicular traffic to do some excavation work for Market Lane. The street will remain open to pedestrians, but there will be machines moving in this zone during your commute through the area.
The crew has been steadily making progress with gravel grading between Richmond Street and Clarence Street. Towards the end of the week, the crew started doing some major digging in preparation for the installation of the trench drain.
More Digging And Hydro Ducts
Over at the block between Clarence Street and Wellington Street, hydro work continues. We'll be down to one southbound lane on Wellington Street until next Wednesday but pedestrians can continue to cross the street in between the construction pylons (shown below).
Buy A Mug, Get A Free Coffee
A couple of Dundas Place neighbours got together on Friday morning to host a pretty creative coffee promotion. Jonathon from the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery teamed up with Coffee Culture to host a "Buy a Mug get a Free Coffee" event. Thanks to everyone who came out to the construction zone to enjoy their morning cup of coffee (and browse a unique selection of handcrafted mugs) with us!
It's the long weekend! Head downtown to try out one of the patios that have been popping up along Dundas Place. Need help figuring our where to go? Check out our list of the top five patios on Dundas Place - it's the perfect guide to start a day of patio hopping downtown!
King & Talbot Closure
London's downtown sewer separation continues with the King & Talbot intersection closure over the long weekend. Crews will be working around the clock (literally) to have the road re-opened by Tuesday, August 6 at 7 a.m. During this time, access to the Covent Market parking garage will be maintained. The City of London will also be offering free two-hour parking in Lot 8 (outside of Budweiser Gardens) from Aug 3-5 for those who's like to park and walk to their destination downtown.