By Kevin Werner, News staff
It will take at least six months for the city to substantially complete the $8 million reconstruction project that will see Kilbourn Avenue, Southmeadow Crescent and Pine Drive get new sewers, watermains and sidewalks this year.
During a public meeting Feb. 13 held at the Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre, about 60 residents turned out to learn more about how their days will become more challenging when construction crews start showing up near their doorstep starting at 7 a.m.
City staff said the project includes replacing sewer and water mains, installing sidewalks, and lowering the roads to accommodate the new drainage system.
The tender for the project is expected to be issued in March, with a possible start date in April and May, depending upon the contractor’s schedule. The work will be ongoing throughout the summer until about November.
The first coat of asphalt will be laid in late fall, but it won’t be until late in 2015 when the final asphalt coat is put down, said Ward 10 councillor Maria Pearson.
“We want to do it once, and do it right,” she said.
Pearson said she has been working hard to get the necessary money for the construction project that has been needed for quite a while.
“It’s a capital project I have been fighting for, for 10 years,” she said.
On Kilbourn, sidewalks will be installed on the west side of the roadway to accommodate the school in the area, said city design staff. But residents pointed out the street lights are located on the east side of the road. There will be boulevards in some locations along Kilbourn.
On Southmeadow, sidewalks will be located on the east side until the road connects to Royce, while on Pine Drive, sidewalks will be built on both sides of the road. There will be no boulevards on Pine, said officials.
Pearson said the urbanization project will remove the ditches, and curbs will be installed.
She told homeowners if they want to know what their road will look like, they should drive to Margaret Avenue, which had a similar reconstruction take place in 2010.
A few residents worried about having sidewalks in front of their properties, but the majority of homeowners welcomed the road and infrastructure improvements.
“I want everybody comfortable when spring comes,” said Pearson, as she encouraged residents to tell city staff their issues.
Officials said the city will replace the sewer and water pipes up to a homeowner’s property. If the city needs to, officials may have to dig up a residence’s driveway. But the work will be replaced, said officials.
They also cautioned homeowners the slopes of some driveways will change as the roadway is lowered.
As part of the reconstruction, some trees will be cut down, but will be replaced, said Pearson. In addition, there will be a new hydrant on Pine Drive, while another hydrant will be relocated on Elm Drive.
City officials insisted the existing above ground hydro lines will not be touched.