Time to Dig In Teeswater!By Mark W. Law (Aug 8th, 2012)
In less than a week downtown Teeswater will begin to transform into the business district of tomorrow.
Early August 13th road crews will begin posting signs and lifting pavement in an ambitious project to replace the water system, sewers and storm drainage in the core of our town.
At a meeting in the old Town Hall this evening (August 8th), Sharon Chambers, CAO of South Bruce Municipality mapped out the construction plan as well as listened to concerns from local businesses and residents. Some of the information passed on at the meeting included:
- Construction on Clinton St. will begin at Hillcrest and work south towards Marcy St.
- Construction is expected to take approximately 12 weeks.
- During the construction detour signs will be posted at the 4th Concession routing through traffic to the Formosa Road.
- The construction crews will be working to avoid major disruptions to residents and businesses along Clinton St. though all agree this is a major project and some delays and inconvenience can be expected.
- The final design of the Streetscape has not been completed but is expected to be presented to Council on August 28th.
- The theme for the Streetscape is our agricultural roots and plan options can be viewed and downloaded online at http://www.explorethebruce.com/assets/files/PDF_downloads/Teeswater_streetscape_Plan.pdf
- The bulbouts planned at each intersection will calm traffic coming through town, making it easier for pedestrians to cross the main street.
Although there has been great discussion in our town for several years about both the Streetscape and the need for sewers themselves, the project is a reality. As local citizens it is important for us to support the businesses on Clinton Street who have been our neighbours for many years. While we all will be inconvenienced by the construction, Clinton Street provides these businesses with the customers they need to survive. Teeswater.Ca is committed to helping where we can and we hope ALL local residents and businesses will join in to help our restaurants and stores survive this period. And PLEASE spread the word – Teeswater is STILL open to business, even if there are a few more loaders and diggers in the parking lot than usual!