2011 will see the beginning of the most noticeable work on the Josephine Street project. The sewer, water and street reconstruction will commence in 2011 with the section for highway 86 north to the Wingham Fire Hall being completed this year. The Josephine Street Project Committee met last week and reviewed much of the work that has been done to date by the project engineers, landscape planners, municipal and county staff. The new street lights and posts will be ordered soon. The street design requires a few more changes before it can go to tender but those are expected to take place quickly and the tender process will begin in early spring.
A small group from the committee will be attending the International Lawn and Garden Trade Show and Conference in Toronto this week where they will be looking at options for garbage and recycling receptacles, benches and bike racks. Lorie Falconer, member of the committee representing the Huron County Accessibility Advisory Committee will forward recommendations to the representatives so that all considerations for accessibility will be taken into account when they are gathering information.
Municipal signs directing motorists to parking have been put up in the town. Additional temporary signage will be used throughout the entire process facilitating access to store fronts and businesses. Just as it is currently very important to keep the parking on main street open and available for customers and visitors, it will be crucial through the duration of the project to keep parking spaces available for those supporting our businesses. Planning now for employee parking, identifying alternate entrances and clearing the backs of buildings is an important process in ensuring the reconstruction runs as smoothly as possible for our suppliers and customers,
The municipality will continue to update business operators and residents throughout the duration of the project. Questions can be directed to the municipal office and will be responded to by the appropriate staff member of department.