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Sudbury’s 2023 construction season includes plans for dozens of capital projects


The City of Sudbury has kicked off the new construction season highlighting projects planned.

Engineering services director David Shelsted presented the 2023 capital projects update to the city’s operations committee on May 15, highlighting “innovative construction techniques” used by contractors on projects completed in 2022.

“One example is on Elm Street this year where we lined the watermain, rather than replacing it,” Shelsted said. “We were able to do the vast majority of the work in the evening . . . and minimize traffic disruptions while renewing our infrastructure. We continue to do that with sanitary sewers.”

Upcoming projects include:

  • Kingsway from Falconbridge Road to Silver Hills Drive infrastructure improvements including bike lanes – $10 million
  • Paris Street Bridge Improvement (Bridge of Nations), including bike lanes – $9.2 million
  • Paris/Notre Dame Bikeway –$5.5 million
  • Frood Road at Lasalle Boulevard roundabout –$4.3 million
  • Struthers Street from Regent Street to Junction Creek reconstruction – $4.5 million
  • Walford Road from Paris Street to Notre Dame Avenue reconstruction, including bike lanes – $5 million
  • Elderwood Drive from Camelot Road to Greenbriar Drive reconstruction – $4.9 million
  • David Street from Paris Street westerly and Marion Street from McNaughton Road to the north end reconstruction – $6.7 million
  • Panache Lake Road from MR 55 to St. Pothier Road pavement rehabilitation – $2 million
  • Anderson Drive from Third Ave to MR 24 Infrastructure Upgrades – $10.5 million

For a map of current, ongoing construction projects visit greatersudbury.ca/constructionprojects.

In 2022, the city spent more than $73-million on infrastructure projects including roads, water, sewer an active transportation work including:

  • Rehabilitated 24 lane km of roadway in 23 locations.
  • Installed 8,625 metres of active transportation including sidewalk and trails at 11 locations
  • Installed 10,635 metres of concrete curb and gutter at 15 locations
  • Preformed 4,550 metres of sanitary lining in 27 locations
  • Preformed 1,200 metres of water main lining at four locations
  • Replaced 2,980 metres of water main at seven locations
  • Replaced 1,135 metres of sanitary and storm sewer in 11 locations
  • Rehabilitated seven bridges
  • Replaced three bridges
  • Installed 3,500 metres of guiderail at 12 locations
  • Replaced 50 outdated guiderail end treatments
  • 7,320 metres of rumble strips installed in two locations
  • 4,600 metres of paved shoulders added at two locations
  • 93,000 square metres of large asphalt patches completed at 26 locations
  • 34 new streetlights
  • 520 metres of large diameter culverts in 20 locations

Infrastructure improvements planned at Algonquin Provincial Park



Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Ontario government is spending more than $3.3 million to build, maintain and revitalize infrastructure at Algonquin Provincial Park, including building roofed accommodations and bridges.

“In 2022, Ontario Parks recorded more than 12.1 million visits and overnight camping grew by nine per cent over 2021, which shows the increasing demand for our beautiful provincial parks,” said David Piccini, minister of the environment, conservation and parks. “Building more roofed accommodations and bridges are an important part of ensuring visitors can enjoy a memorable experience at Algonquin Provincial Park year-round.”

Work includes construction of four yurts and four cabins at Mew Lake Campground, replacement of two bridges at Rock Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds and roadway paving and improvements along Highway 60.

Ontario Parks is planning on updating three additional yurts at Mew Lake Campground this year boostand all projects directly respond to the feedback from parks visitors. In a 2021 survey, about one-third of Ontario Parks visitors said they would be more likely to visit in the future if more roofed accommodations were available to rent.

“I can tell you firsthand from growing up hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park — it has so much to offer visitors, from hiking and biking trails to canoe routes and a Discovery program, and I am pleased we are bringing even more to the park by building more roofed accommodations for overnight stays,” said John Yakabuski, parliamentary assistant. “Reinvesting in Ontario Parks infrastructure at one of Ontario’s most beloved parks will ensure visitors can enjoy a quintessential Canadian camping experience.”

Investments in Ontario Parks infrastructure will expand recreational opportunities, boost local tourism and strengthen the protection and health of local wildlife and the environment.

This project is part of Ontario’s $41.7 million investment over two years to upgrade and maintain Ontario Parks infrastructure to continue to ensure a modern and enjoyable parks experience.

In 2022-23, Ontario Parks added 26 new roofed accommodations, bringing the total of roofed accommodations to 201 across 31 parks.

North Bay changes plan for Main Street rehabilitation



Ontario Construction News staff writer

After reviewing input from the business community, the City of North Bay has reversed direction on a construction project to reconstruct Main Street. At the request of its downtown improvement area (DIA), the project will begin at Sherbrooke Street and will proceed westward, rather than beginning at Cassells Street and heading east.

The scope of work includes an enhanced streetscape treatment to better integrate the downtown with the waterfront. MCA Contracting Ltd. has confirmed that this change will have no impact on the project cost or completion date.

Instead of starting at Cassells Street, the Making Over Main Street project will begin at Sherbrooke Street and will proceed westward. The change is being made following consultation with the contractor, MCA Contracting Ltd., at the request of the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA).

“Based on the input of its membership, the DIA requested that the sequencing of the project be reversed,” said Mayor Peter Chirico. “The past few years have been challenging for Downtown merchants and they’re still trying to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Given that the DIA property and business owners will be impacted by the project the most, the City has made the decision to accommodate this request.”

The project, which will take place over two years, involves the reconstruction of Main Street between Sherbrooke and Cassells streets, as well as a section of Ferguson Street between Main and Oak streets. Work is expected to get underway in May, with completion tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2024.

Each block is expected to take up to three months to complete. Only once a block has been fully reconstructed will the contractor proceed to the next block.

“The DIA remains fully supportive of this project which will help to create more vibrancy in the downtown and bring more development and investment to the heart of our city,” said DIA Chair Katie Bevan. “We appreciate the City’s responsiveness to our members and its willingness to make this change.”

Prior to construction, members of the public can learn more about how the project will unfold during an open house at City Hall where there will be an opportunity to view the construction drawings, project schedule, and ask City staff and the contractor project-related questions. Notification of the public meeting will be provided once a start date has been finalized.

For more project information, please visit: https://www.northbay.ca/mainst