As one major road construction project begins to wind down, another is set to ramp up.
Construction along Hyde Park Road is set to wrap up in the next few weeks, two years after it began, while a busy section of Commissioners Road will be closed to traffic next week.
Both construction projects were scheduled to take place over a two-year period.
The widening of Hyde Park Road, and the added work to nearby stretches such as Gainsborough Road, has snarled traffic and affected local businesses since it all started back in 2014.
“It has been a pretty smooth process, save for a few hiccups that we’ve had along the way,” Hyde Park Business Association’s Donna Szpakowski told AM980. “Overall, it has been a good process, although that has come with some reduced revenue.”
Szpakowski said the construction led drivers to avoid the Hyde Park business community altogether, bringing possible spending dollars with them.
Drivers through the area will notice the plaza gutted by fire in late June has not been torn down. The Ontario Fire Marshall’s Office is refusing any comment on the investigation into the cause.
It’s also unclear when the rebuilding process will begin. The plaza was home to 14 businesses including the restaurant Porcino, a Benjamin Moore store, D&S Pianos, and Elation Spa.
Meantime, Commissioners Road from Knights Hill to Topping Lane is closed to through traffic next week starting Monday.
It should reopen in some capacity after that, but the nearly $13-million project isn’t scheduled to be completely finished until November.
The city is tackling a total of over $173 million worth of road, sewer and water projects this year.