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Monday June 25th, 2012

Posted at 12:15pm

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Construction is in full swing on Wyandotte Street West in the University of Windsor area.

The busy stretch of Wyandotte is now closed to traffic between Sunset and Rankin Avenue — the street had been closed up to Randolph for the past few weeks. Construction is all part of a large-scale streetscaping project.

Workers will 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.

Wyandotte West will reopen on or before September 28th.

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