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City celebrates reopening of Elgin Street
12/16/2019 12:15

Mayor Jim Watson and Somerset Councillor Catherine McKenney today celebrated the reopening of Elgin Street, between Laurier Avenue and Catherine Street, with residents and local businesses.

The road has been closed since January as part of a $40-million investment to revitalize Elgin Street and renew underground infrastructure, some of which dated back to 1874. The project will be completed in fall 2020, with wider sidewalks putting a renewed focus on Elgin Street as a pedestrian destination and public space. The street will also feature shared-use lanes, transit facilities, traffic-calming measures, flexible street parking spaces, trees, benches, bike racks and public art.

City celebrates reopening of Elgin Street

City celebrates reopening of Elgin Street

City celebrates reopening of Elgin Street

Work on Elgin Street will resume in early 2020, with crews connecting underground utilities and removing hydro poles along the west side of the street. Crews will then lay asphalt, landscape and install public art and streetlighting.

The City will communicate traffic impacts, including any lane closures, before construction begins and throughout the construction season.


“Elgin Street has been closed to traffic for almost a year, and I want to thank the local residents and business owners for their support and patience throughout the construction project. I look forward to seeing the final result in 2020, and I know Elgin Street will quickly become a bustling pedestrian destination for residents and visitors alike.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“There were so many people who contributed to the success of this project so far. Thank you to all involved; it really has been a team effort.”

Councillor Catherine McKenney

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