City announces infrastructure construction projects for summer 2021

The City of Fredericton has released its first draft of this summer’s infrastructure construction projects. Over $30M is earmarked for nine major construction projects, and several other smaller scope improvement projects as part of the City’s ongoing investment in infrastructure.

Back on the list for this summer are two major infrastructure renewal projects scheduled for 2020 and cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Planned projects on Regent St (between Queen St and King St) and Union St (Gibson Street to Station Road) will now be completed this spring and summer instead.

“Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, it’s important that the City remain committed to our long-term investment plan on infrastructure renewal and maintenance efforts,” said Coun. Kevin Darrah, Chair of the City’s Mobility Committee. “These renewal projects are necessary to continue the delivery of clean and safe drinking water and ensure safe travel for Fredericton residents.”

Data analysis shows that traffic volumes in the city remain low and have not returned to pre-pandemic levels. “Many residents are still working from home or reducing or combining their trips across their trips around town,” added Greg McCann, Project Engineer with the City. “It makes sense for us to complete this deferred work in what we see as an off-peak traffic year in the hope that 2022 brings a return to more normal traffic volumes.”

Major Infrastructure Projects 2021

Major infrastructure projects involve renewal efforts on major roadways, last for several months, and have impacts on nearby businesses and commuter traffic. The projects involve the replacement of underground water and sewer pipes that are at the end of their useful lives. The work is coordinated with roadway and active transportation renewal projects and upgrades. Combining underground infrastructure fixes with needed road work means that the City shouldn’t need to return to perform upgrades for 20 years or more.

Major infrastructure projects for 2021 include:

  • Regent Street (Queen Street to King Street)
  • Union Street (Gibson Street to Station Road)
  • Brookside Drive (Hawkins Street to Rose Court)
  • Odell Roundabout (Waggonners Lane and Rookwood)
  • Maple Street (Douglas Avenue to Wallace Avenue)
  • Saint Marys Street (Two Nations to City Depot)
  • Canada Street (Hollybrook Street Daulphin Drive)
  • Wilsey Road (Hubbard Road to Hilton Road)
  • Queen Street (Officers’ Square frontage)

Traffic restrictions will be in place for the duration of these projects and motorists should plan for delays. The City has been in communication with affected businesses regarding construction projects. Business will remain open to ensure residents’ ability to access their services. Direct communications will be provided to affected residents, including any transit detours.

During construction season, residents can help reduce traffic congestion by exploring flex-time at work, taking vacation during busy construction periods, walking, biking, carpooling, using transit, allowing extra time to complete errands, and reducing or combining trips across the bridge, and around town.

Projects are currently being tendered and more detailed timelines will be provided once the initial framework is in place. Information regarding road closures will also be communicated via the City’s public engagement and social media platforms.

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