CORNWALL, Ontario - A small city street in Cornwall is being completely ripped up and replaced this summer.
Maple Street, a dilapidated little road that connects Brookdale Avenue with Seymour Avenue, is getting a major league facelift starting some time in May.
The plan, according to a post on the city's website, is to completely reconstruct the street, starting with the watermains, sewer lines and sewer laterals (up to the homeowner property lines) while at the same time replacing all surface items like the roadway and sidewalks.
The plan is to have the work wrapped up by August.
The city is hosting a public meeting, to receive property owner feedback, Monday at 7 p.m. at the public works office at 1225 Ontario Street.
The City of Cornwall is planning to replace or build over 15 kilometres of roadways, sidewalks and bike lanes in 2013.
Another sizable project includes the reconstruction of Augustus Street from Sixth Street to Eighth Street.
In addition, more than 30 streets are slated to receive some attention this year as part of the city's yearly grouping of asphalt paving and concrete works projects. The list includes sections of busy traffic arteries like Cumberland Street and Montreal Road as well as quieter residential streets. This collection of work is expected to be done between May and early September.
"We have a pavement management system that rates the condition of every street in the city, and we use this tool to help determine which streets receive improvements," said Jamie Fawthrop, the city's design and construction engineer. "There are other factors to consider as well, such as the age and condition of watermains and sewers on a particular street."
The contract also calls for the creation and extension of a number of bike lanes as per the recommendations contained in the city's bicycle and pedestrian master plan. These include the addition of bike lanes on Boundary Road from Marleau Avenue to Gray's Creek, Industrial Park Drive from Optimum Drive to Boundary Road and a portion of Tenth Street and the former CP Rail Corridor near Ninth Street East.
"These additions will improve bicycle access to the business park from the old square mile area of the city," said Fawthrop. "They will also improve the connectivity of the entire cycling network."