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Working night & day

With all of the prep work finished last week, crews were ready to hit the ground running this week! In the daytime, half of the crew was out installing the new watermain and during the evening, the other half of the crew continued to decommission the old watermain. This work includes switching over existing water services to the temporary pipes for some of the bigger buildings along the street. Watermain work really does take a lot of coordination. As described last week, we always try to reduce the impacts of the required water shut-off periods for the Dundas Place community. By having work completed both during the day and through the evening, we can expedite the remaining underground work

Night work and new signs

The Dundas Place construction zone might have looked less busy than usual during the day, but don’t be fooled! Crews have been working over night to prepare for the new watermain installation. Let me back track a little to explain why they switched their working hours. In order for crews to remove and replace the existing watermain, they have to install temporary water pipes to continue to serve the businesses and residents with water. Before we could make the official switch to the temporary watermain, we had to test the pipes to make sure the water was clean and safe to drink. On Monday, tests confirmed that these temporary pipes were good to go and ready to serve Dundas Street! This meant

Making way for new water

This week was all about getting ready for new watermain pipes. We are in the process of testing the temporary watermains and pending positive results, the contractor will begin installing the new watermain for Dundas Place as early as next week. This means replacing the aging, fragile cast iron pipes with modern PVC pipes which are more reliable, less prone to breaks, low maintenance and will require shorter repair times if needed in the future. Crews also did some 'hydro vac' work this week. This is a dirt removal process that involves using a high-pressure water jet to loosen dirt around existing utilities. Then, we vacuum the loose dirt out to make room for the new underground infrastruct

Crews commit to helping you navigate construction

This week marked an important project milestone; the closure of the Talbot and Dundas intersection. This closure will last until September 2018 for us to complete the Dundas Place transformation and update the aging watermain infrastructure underneath the ground. We recognize that this is going to be a major adjustment for motorists and cyclists travelling through the area so we encourage everyone to stay alert, look for the orange construction signs and give yourself extra time to get to your destination. The detour signs are posted to help you navigate construction as you arrive downtown. As we talked about in last week's blog, crews will continue to close off portions of the sidewalk to c

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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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