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Friday June 8th, 2012

Posted at 11:15am

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A busy stretch of Wyandotte Street will be closed to traffic for the next several months as part of a large-scale streetscaping project.

Wyandotte Street West between Sunset and Campbell will be closed to all traffic starting Monday June 11th as workers replace watermains and sewers, reconstruct curbs and sidewalks, install benches and new signage, bury utility wires and repave the roadway. The street will be designed for “shared” vehicle/bicycle traffic due to the narrow roadway. The City of Windsor’s landscape architect team explained the rationale for the lack of dedicated bike lanes as a plan to accommodate heavy UWindsor pedestrian traffic in the area with a shorter path from one side of the road to the other.

Streetscaping includes extended sidewalks, reduced on-street parking, “nodes” on street corners to help bring identity to the area, new “argyle” patterned sidewalk lights, several sidewalk trees inside raised planters, decorative benches that will match the architectural elements of the University of Windsor, “leaning rails” for people waiting for Transit Windsor in front of the University’s proposed parking garage and Innovation Centre, bike racks and more.

Local businesses will remain open and detours will be posted. Construction was originally planned to start on Tuesday May 22nd but a strike by area heavy equipment operators delayed the commencement of construction. Construction crews spent most of Thursday putting security fencing in place in preparation for digging up of the roadway between Sunset and Randolph.

Wyandotte West will reopen on or before September 28th.

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