Alexandra Avenue reconstruction

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Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction in 2021. As part of this reconstruction, the street will be dug up, underground infrastructure replaced and the street rebuilt. The new design for the street will take into consideration the next 50 years of use, and follow the applicable regulations (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ministry of the Environment, etc.), city policies, the Transportation Master Plan and other guiding documents.

Residents will be provided a chance to review the proposed design, which will take into account the various City Master Plans and policies. The design will be presented in late fall 2020.

Alexandra Avenue (Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street) is scheduled for reconstruction in 2021. As part of this reconstruction, the street will be dug up, underground infrastructure replaced and the street rebuilt. The new design for the street will take into consideration the next 50 years of use, and follow the applicable regulations (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Ministry of the Environment, etc.), city policies, the Transportation Master Plan and other guiding documents.

Residents will be provided a chance to review the proposed design, which will take into account the various City Master Plans and policies. The design will be presented in late fall 2020.

Questions and answers that have been sent directly to the project team are available in the FAQ section, under the Project Timeline. You can also ask a question right here on the project page, and we will post a response as soon as we are able!

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    I am concerned about the disruption to residential households during the COVID19 pandemic. High risk persons like myself cannot relocate to other houses during the construction to avoid construction noise, utilities shutdown, dust etc. Please inform us of your COVID19 plan for postponement / mitigation in Summer 2021.

    Steve M asked 14 days ago

    Thank you for the email and for sharing your concerns. The construction of Alexandra Avenue from Westmount Road South to Lourdes Street is scheduled for 2021. We will follow the applicable Provincial and Regional regulations and recommendations of public health officials in 2021 for COVID-19 spread prevention, and will be ensuring our contractors do the same. Dust is kept down by applying calcium chloride and/or water to the unpaved road when it is dry and dust becomes excessive. Noise is kept to working hours of 7am to 7pm Monday through Saturday as per the City’s Noise By-Law (2010-073). Disruption to households is an inevitable part of construction work, though we understand this and work with our contractors to ensure disruptions are kept to a minimum for the residents in the area. Any planned water or sanitary service interruptions will be kept to a minimum and will be communicated in advance so residents can plan accordingly. Based on experience from similar road reconstruction projects the city has completed during this current 2020 construction season, homeowners have been able to manage the construction operations as in any other year. If you have any access concerns please provide details and we can do our best to accommodate during construction as necessary.

    We are working on our materials to display to the public on this website. We are expecting to post the information in November. This material will include an Information Package which will provide more detail on some of these issues. It will also contain a page on which the public can provide any comments and specific requirements to us so we can take these needs into account. If there are special deliveries, mobility issues, access requirements or any other specific needs required, please be sure to provide this information to us when the comment page is provided. This is very important to us.

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    1. Security Ave is the road just off Westmount on the other side of the parkade at the intersection of Westmount and Alexandra. Not only is the street surface here a bit bumpy with potholes, there’s another issue, there is water logging at the drain here after an intense shower. Not sure if this street renovation is part of your project plan, but mentioning these issues for your information. 2. There’s a missing sidewalk on the south side of Alexandra near the Lady of Lourdes school. With several families with kids living along this stretch they’re forced to walk on the street or cross dangerously. 3. The absence of a zebra crossing at the Security Ave/Alexandra crossing and also as the Hillcrest/Alexandra crossing makes it difficult for families with kids to safely navigate this stretch of road.

    Nachiket asked 15 days ago

    [For the purposes of this discussion, we will consider Westmount as oriented north-south, and Alexandra as oriented east-west] The intersection of Westmount Road South (Westmount) and Alexandra Avenue (Alexandra) will not be reconfigured significantly as part of this project. This project is to reconstruct Alexandra from Westmount to Lourdes Street. No work is proposed on the east side of Westmount. Additional pedestrian crossings will not be added as a part of this project. Pedestrians are encouraged to travel to the Dietz Avenue pedestrian crossing to cross Westmount in this area.

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    Will you be fixing the intersection with Westmount, which is impossible to safely walk up Westmount? The design of the intersection facilitates extremely high speed motorvehicle movements and provides little safety for pedestrians. The linked map provides suggested improvements, basically make the intersection more square with Westmount, to reduce crossing distances, and turn slip roads, again into 90 degree turns. See https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1sUDUF518YbhG7MTWzbheR9GdAsd_A9nz&usp=sharing https://twitter.com/danbrotherston/status/1315021450617774085

    danbrotherston asked 18 days ago

    [For the purposes of this discussion, we will consider Westmount as oriented north-south, and Alexandra as oriented east-west] The intersection of Westmount Road South (Westmount) and Alexandra Avenue (Alexandra) will not be reconfigured significantly as part of this project. This project is to reconstruct Alexandra from Westmount to Lourdes Street. No work is proposed on the east side of Westmount. The existing condition of the intersection is skewed, and the southbound right turn ‘slip lane’ has been removed and will not be reconstructed. We are not able to realign the intersection on one side of Westmount without making a very difficult and unsafe traffic maneuver for those looking to travel along Alexandra and cross Westmount. Any geometric modifications to the intersection would need to be made at the Regional level during a Westmount reconstruction project. There are no pedestrian crossing facilities at the Alexandra intersection, due in part to the geometry of Westmount at this location being a curve. This leads to poor sight lines and difficulty judging the travel speed of oncoming vehicles. Pedestrians are encouraged to walk to Dietz Avenue, approximately 75m north on Westmount, to the signalized pedestrian crossing to make their crossing of Westmount.