Santa Claus will be on hand when Hyde Park Road officially reopens today. On Saturday morning the barriers will be removed on the new lanes between South Carriage Road and Fanshawe Park Road following the Santa Claus Parade. The highly anticipated reopening puts an end to delays, reduced lanes and construction in the area that began in April 2014. The $36.5 million project involved widening the road to two lanes in both directions, the addition of two bicycle lanes, a median and street lights.
London Mayor Matt Brown, Councillor Josh Morgan, Paul Hubert, along with members of the Hyde Park Business Association and the Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade Committee will take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony.
There will be minor lane restrictions as the second phase of the project nears completion. Light standards still have to be installed north of Gainsborough and there is landscaping to be done. However, Councillor Josh Morgan is confident all four lanes will be open during the month of December for the holiday season.
“As we’re able to open phase two, which will complete the opening of all of Hyde Park, motorists and businesses are going to notice a huge difference in the way that road flows, it will be a completely different driving experience,” Morgan adds.
“For those who have been able to use phase one, which is now open to four lanes most of the time, there’s been some small deficiency work that’s being done, they’ve really noticed a difference.”
Construction crews will also return to Hyde Park Road in the spring to put down a final topcoat of asphalt.