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Canada Day countdown and unloading, the neighbourly way

More trees! That's the biggest news I have to share with you this week. The crew has been busy planting more trees and shrubs on the first two blocks of Dundas Place. This new greenery adds a splash of colour to the cool, grey tones on Dundas Place just in time for Canada Day festivities! In the portion of Dundas Place that's under construction, the crew continued working on hydro and Bell infrastructure installations. These take time due to the amount of other overlapping underground pipes that get in the way. We remain on schedule and will continue chipping away at this next week. New this week, the crew has started installing silva cells (the black grid-like boxes shown below) needed for

5 Great Places to Spend Your Lunch Hour

Tired of spending your lunch hour cooped up inside? Blank walls in the lunch room leaving you feeling uninspired? Take a break from the ordinary and visit one of these great spaces during your lunch hour! The best part? Most of these options are free! 1. Rotary Reading Garden – London Public Library – Music Monday Every Monday from 12-1pm the London Public Library is hosting a free concert in their Reading Garden! Stop by one of our local businesses to grab lunch and come soak up some sunshine. For more information, check out: http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/page/music-mondays 2. RBC Place – Thursday Tune Ups Head down to the lawn on King Street (outside of RBC Place London, formerly th

Duct work & a chance to win every time you go downtown

This week, the crew was busy rebuilding Bell (communications) infrastructure. To do this, they have to carefully remove all of the concrete surrounding the existing pipes and thread in new pipes. Once this is all set, they enclose the duct work with fresh concrete to protect it. While the work above is ongoing, the crew is also actively installing new hydro duct work. This process is similar to the Bell work, but instead of refurbishing the wires, the hydro lines will be brand new. Changes at the Clarence Intersection As mentioned last week, the crew began watermain work at the intersection of Clarence & Dundas. Because of this, the crosswalk at the intersection has been detoured farther awa

Unforgettable crowds and construction zone changes

After weeks of chaos installing water services that required crews to interrupt the sidewalk, we are happy to say all water pipe installations are complete. All of the water service crossing locations were restored with asphalt towards the end of the week (shown below). Intersection Adjustments Please watch for some shifts in the pedestrian routes at the intersection of Dundas & Clarence. Pedestrians will be directed a bit further around the construction fences that will be positioned farther away from street corners at this intersection. This adjustment is needed for crews to secure the site to do excavations and water service work. This slight detour situation will last a couple of weeks.

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 nex

Traffic now flowing (and trees growing!) on Dundas Place

Perhaps the best news of the week is that, as of Friday evening, Dundas Place between Ridout Street and Richmond Street has been re-opened to vehicles. Londoners will notice newly planted trees and some new street furniture in this area. More trees and new planters are coming soon, so there's still lots of landscaping elements to look forward to! Finishing touches like this will continue on the first half of the flex street throughout the construction season. Overnight Work on Sunday On Sunday (June 2), overnight construction work will occur in order for crews to install fire suppression services, in other words, to complete fire protection connection work. This operation is critical and tak

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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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