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The Brock Street closure begins on Wednesday and lasts 14 weeks. So far no one has told the neighbors

Councilors agreed tonight to close most of Brock Street between Albert and Wellington for 14 weeks.

The closure of the block next to St. Luke’s Anglican Cathedral was forced by problems at the construction site across the street where a new $16 million headquarters is being constructed.

The unexpected road closure begins Wednesday and will come as a surprise to downtown neighbors.

“Social Services (Ontario Works, Early Childhood and Housing) is constructing a new building on the west side of Brock Street between Albert Street East and Wellington Street East. This will merge the offices and centralize its operations,” said Carl Rumiel, city manager. transportation design and engineering.

“The construction of the new social services building on Brock Street is affected by the lack of space available for the storage of materials and equipment, as well as the unloading of trucks. This caused a significant amount of traffic congestion during opening hours, has the potential to delay the project and created a potentially dangerous traffic situation,” Rumiel says.

“Additionally, the Department of Labor has ordered the contractor to bring another construction trailer and another toilet trailer to the site to meet their COVID-19 requirements, which will cause additional congestion at the site. spilling onto Brock Street, potentially creating a dangerous flow of traffic.”

The contractor, Matheson Constructors Ltd., will now fence off Brock d’Albert Street to the north lane adjacent to 181 Albert, until June 1.

“Access will be maintained for local traffic only,” Rumiel said.

A drawing prepared for City Council, shown above, shows the access to the Cathedral parking lot from Wellington Street.

“Have staff contacted businesses, area residents about this?” District 4 Com. Marchy Bruni asked Rumiel.

“No,” Rumiel replied. “It will be the responsibility of the [Social Services] employees and the general contractor.

“Do you want to follow them, that they will do this?” Bruni asked.

“I sure will,” Rumiel said. “There’s a list of things they need to do before the shutdown happens.”

“There are steps they need to take over the next few days.”

“One of them, I’ll warn them that locals and businesses are taken care of.”

Other downtown news from Tuesday night’s meeting:

  • councilors voted to give Stone’s Office Supplies part of the municipal parking lot on Bingham Street, in exchange for land the city needs to build the town center plaza
  • up to $260,000 has been allocated for architectural and engineering services for the new Mill Market at 73 Brock Street, the former Union Cab building