Prepare for noise, dust and traffic disruption throughout Ward 9 neighbourhoods in the rest of 2015 as the massive LRT project moves down the track.
Kitchener councillors recently approved a noise exemption that will extend from March 1 until December 31 to allow Grandlinq Contractors to complete LRT construction as quickly as possible.
The exemption is for occasional night work between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. that could be necessary Monday through Sunday from March 1 to December 31.
In addition to noise, there is also likely be a mess of traffic disruption on affected and nearby streets as the Region follows an aggressive schedule to complete the LRT by 2017.
Regional staff say every effort will be made to avoid night work as well as shorten potential disruptions for affected residents and businesses.
Adjacent to the Victoria Park, Cherry Park, Cedar Hill and Mill-Courtland neighbourhoods, LRT construction is scheduled to take place on King Street from Union Boulevard to Francis Street and from Duke Street to Charles Street.
On Charles, work will take place from Victoria to Ottawa Street and continue on Ottawa from Charles to Mill Street before moving on toward Courtland Avenue and Fairview Park Mall.
To communicate information about the work, Grandlinq will send schedules to residents and businesses located within 125 metres of construction zones. The notices will contain a 24-hour telephone hotline where questions or complaints will be handled and Grandlinq will also have a website to provide construction updates.
Let’s hope that as LRT moves through Ward 9, all the 2015 pain will be worth the future transportation gain.