Underground infrastructure that’s over 100 years old will be replaced, among other visual elements.
"Benches, more trees, (and) there's going to be raised parking out there...wider sidewalks. We are actually going to be reducing a lane of traffic in each direction. It will be single lane traffic moving each way with dedicated turning lanes," says Project Manager, Crystal Scheit.
The project was approved by City Council in the current Capital Improvement Program with a total budget of just over $10 million. Urban Revitalization Manager, Andrew Malcolm says the city has received positive feedback from business owners, but recognizes not everyone agrees with the project's price tag.
"There are probably people who are not going to support the type of dollars going into this type of project, but at the end of the day the increase in the long term sustainability of the infrastructure is going to support businesses and make downtown vibrant for a number of years".
Construction is expected to run between 6 and 8 Street for the remainder of 2020. The entire project is projected to finish by the fall of 2021. Downtown BRZ Executive Director, Ted Stilson says that the project is the biggest downtown infrastructure project the city has seen in 40 years.
"Our last main one was in festival square in the Galt Gardens, so we're really excited about that investment in the downtown core. It ties in really nicely with the new branding campaign," Stilson says.