Beginning Tuesday, August 13 at 9 a.m. for approximately three months, Talbot Street will be closed to motorists and cyclists between King Street and York Street as part of the 2019 York-Talbot Sewer Separation Project.

Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to get through this block at most times during construction. Until further notice, those traveling to destinations in the local traffic area will be able to come from the west only via the York/Ridout intersection. Orange traffic control signs and construction staff will guide drivers. Motorists traveling westbound through downtown are advised to use King Street or download the Waze navigation app to find an alternate route.

This Public Service Announcement and a Talbot Street Detour Map is available online.

Downtown Sewer Separation Continues with Closure of King & Talbot

Beginning at 6 p.m. on the evening of Friday, August 2, and continuing over the long weekend, the intersection of King Street and Talbot Street downtown will be closed to motorists and cyclists as part of the 2019 York & Talbot core construction project.

At this intersection, one lane will remain open for left turns off of King Street onto Talbot Street. Those heading south on Talbot Street will be diverted at Dundas Street unless looking for access to parking. There will be no exit on Talbot Street north of York Street. Advance warning signage will be in place for road users before work begins.

Pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be able to get through the intersection during construction. Crews will re-open the intersection of King and Talbot Streets by 7 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, August 6.

Parking:
Access to the Covent Garden Market parking garage will be provided via Covent Market Place off of Talbot Street. Police officers will be onsite to help direct traffic at the intersection and outside of the Covent Garden Market parking garage. The City of London will be offering free two-hour parking on August 3, 4 and 5 at Municipal Lot 8 outside of Budweiser Gardens for those visiting the downtown core.

Upcoming Work:
The closure of Talbot Street between King Street and York Street will begin soon after intersection work is complete for approximately three months. This Public Service Announcement and a King & Talbot Closure Detour map is available online. Consider downloading the Waze navigation app to find alternate routes through London’s core area this summer.

Oxford and Talbot Intersection Improvements Start Monday

Beginning Monday, July, 29 as early as 7 a.m. for approximately two months, lanes will be restricted at the intersection of Oxford Street East and Talbot Street for traffic signal improvements.

During this time, lane closures will occur occasionally in alternating directions. Motorists should expect delays and are reminded to take caution when driving through the area while crews are working. Sidewalks will remain open and accessible for the majority of project but some short term closures will be required and communicated using on-site signage.

Work will include a complete traffic signal rebuild to replace aged infrastructure and introduce a west bound left turn advance signal for those travelling on Oxford Street

Beginning Monday, July, 29 for approximately one month, Wickerson Road will be closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians between Ironwood Rood and Byron Baseline Road in order to service a new development and reconstruct the road.

Work will occur from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily. Local traffic will be able to get through the area but all other motorists should consider using the Waze app to find an alternate route.

Market Lane Closure to Extend Dundas Place

City of London

Beginning Monday, July 29, Market Lane will be closed until early September in order to reconstruct the area as an extension of the Dundas Place flex street.

 “These changes will give Market Lane the same look and feel that Dundas Place has,” says Jim Yanchula, Downtown Projects and Business Relations Manager. “And as a seamless extension of Dundas Place, the City will be able to maintain Market Lane to a higher standard and increase its flexibility to accommodate more events and activities.” 

Crews aim to have the reconstruction work substantially complete and bring back pedestrian access by September 3, in order to minimize disruption when Fanshawe College classes resume in the fall.

 Some short-term closures on Dundas Place between Richmond Street and Talbot Street will also occur during the summer months in order to facilitate Market Lane work and complete finishing touches on the flex street. All major transportation impacts will be communicated to the public and on-site signs will be in place.

Market Lane is the north-south pedestrian link in downtown London that connects Dundas Place and Covent Market Lane, providing access to the Covent Garden Market north entrance. During this time, pedestrians are reminded that they should access the Covent Garden Market from the west via Talbot Street and from the east via Richmond Street, which will add approximately one minute to their typical trip.

The Market Lane retrofit will remove some of its current fixed (non-movable) elements and reconfigure and/or rebuild others. The distinctive light canopy will remain and be extended to the north side of the flex street, strengthening the connection between Dundas Place, Market Lane and the Covent Garden Market.

Just an update that Environment Canada has ended the tornado warning for London.

PSA

Please be advised that a tornado warning was issued Southwestern Ontario by Environment Canada with an additional warning for London and Middlesex. Be safe and stay indoors if you can.

PSA from the City of London:

Pack Road – between Colonel Talbot Road & Settlement Trail – closed starting Thursday, July 11, 2019.

Starting at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, Pack Road, between Colonel Talbot Road & Settlement Trail will be closed to traffic as a result of the Colonel Talbot Pumping Station Sanitary Forcemain and Sewers Contract 3.

This closure comes a few days earlier than originally posted because of the better than expected progress happening on the Colonel Talbot project.

It is estimated that this closure will continue into September 2019, however this date will be reassessed as the project continues.

Please follow the signed detour routes and consider using the Waze navigation app for assistance getting around construction and traffic back-ups around this area.

Please visit realtime.londontransit.ca or Google Maps for up-to-date bus arrival information.

From the City of London:

“REMINDER: Road Closure Riverside Drive between Forward Avenue and Walnut Street

Riverside Drive, between Forward Avenue and Walnut Street including the intersection of Riverside Drive at Cavendish Crescent is closed to motorists, cyclists, transit users and pedestrians in all directions until Monday, July 15. The closure is to allow for infrastructure renewal work to be completed.

Motorists are reminded that Forward Avenue (at Riverside Drive) is not a through street. Motorists, cyclists, transit users and pedestrians are reminded to follow advanced detour message boards or download the Waze app to find an alternate route.

London Transit Routes 9,19, 20 will be on detour. Please visit realtime.londontransit.ca or Google Maps for up-to-date bus arrival information.”

From the City of London

“Heading back to work tomorrow, or continuing your summer vacation? This is a heads up that the intersection of York & Richmond will be closed for core construction work starting Tuesday, July 2, after the long weekend. Details here.”

From the City of London

“After six weeks of finishing touches, Blackfriars Bridge has been reopened to vehicles. Additional finishing touches are still underway but the bridge will remain open to eastbound traffic for the rest of the summer.”

On Wednesday, June 12, 2019 after 9 a.m., Dundas Place between Ridout Street and Talbot Street will be closed to vehicles for a few hours in order to complete additional finishing touches. Pedestrians and cyclists will still be able to get through the area.

The intersection of Dundas Street and Talbot Street will remain open.

From the City of London on behalf of London Hydro

“Beginning Tuesday, June 11 until Friday, June 14, 2019, London Hydro will require the north lane of King Street to be closed between Clarence Street and Richmond Street from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, to complete hydro work necessary for maintaining progress on nearby core construction projects. The protected bike lane (opening Thursday) will not be affected, but motorists and transit users should expect significant delays if travelling east on King Street and/or north/south on Richmond Street.

During this time, bus stops east of Richmond (stops 2735 and 1086) will be closed. Instead, transit riders should use the bus stop at Richmond and Clarence (stop 1080) and are reminded to use realtime.londontransit.ca or Google Maps for up to date arrival information. If driving, download the Waze app to find an alternate route or consider using Horton Street.

London Hydro work on King Street will continue during the week of June 17 at the Richmond and Clarence intersections. More details to be released prior to this work starting.”

 

 

Traffic now flowing (and trees growing!) on Dundas Place

Dundas Place, between Ridout Street and Richmond Street, has been re-opened to vehicles and remains open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Londoners will notice newly planted trees in this area. Finishing touches will continue on the first half of the flex street throughout the construction season.

Spray pads set to open for the 2019 season.

City of London spray pads will open for the season on Saturday, May 18 – just in time for the long weekend! The 16 spray pad locations around the city will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The cooling misters at the North London Athletic Fields and Springbank Gardens will be operational this weekend as well. The cooling misters are a great way for park users, runners and cyclists to cool off while enjoying London’s amazing parks and trails.

Beginning Thursday, May 16 as early as 7 a.m., the intersection of Talbot Street and Dundas Street will be closed to vehicles in order to complete Dundas Place (Phase 1) finishing touches and assessments. Cyclists and pedestrians will not be impacted by this closure.

Crews plan to re-open the intersection and the block between Ridout Street and Talbot Street by end-of-day Friday for the long weekend.

Beginning Saturday, May 11 as early as 7:00 a.m., Adelaide Street will be closed to northbound traffic between Queens Avenue and Dundas Street. During this time, southbound traffic will also be reduced to one lane. Once repairs are made, one lane will be re-opened in each direction.  

Expect delays to continue through the weekend and on Monday, May 13 while crews re-pave the area. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction while this work is underway.

Pedestrians will not be impacted. London Transit Route 16 will be on detour.

Richmond Street is currently down to one lane in each direction between Carling Street and Queens Avenue to complete emergency watermain repairs.

The impacted area will require new asphalt so lane restrictions remain in effect over the weekend, until Monday evening.

Beginning Monday, April 8, 2019 work will begin work on the King Street Cycle Lane Improvement Project, between Ridout Street and Colborne Street. Two lanes of vehicle through traffic will be maintained in the construction area. Expect lanes to be shifted to the north.

During construction, segments of the existing bike lane on King Street will be temporarily closed; cyclists should ride with caution and follow instructions on temporary signage. When the bike lane is closed, cyclists may use the detour route via Dufferin Avenue or choose to ride in shared traffic lanes. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and give cyclists their space to safely navigate downtown.

Please refrain from parking in the construction zone and keep an eye out for bagged (and therefore, unusable) parking meters. Alternative parking options can be found on london.ca/coreconstruction and/or accessed via Honk Mobile.

Night work will occur as part of this project. Road users should stay alert and expect construction activity during the day and in the evening.

London Transit (LTC) bus service will continue to operate on King Street. Some LTC stops on King Street may require temporary relocation during construction.

Beginning Monday, April 1 as early as 7 a.m., York Street, between Talbot Street and Richmond Street, will be closed to begin Stage 1 of this year’s downtown sewer separation project. The intersection of Talbot and York as well as the intersection of Richmond and York will remain open until late June. 
Motorists and cyclists are reminded to follow advanced detour message boards or download the Waze app to find an alternate route. Pedestrian access will be maintained through the construction zone. Those travelling through the area are reminded to keep an eye out for advanced warning signs as temporary sidewalk closures may temporarily pop up.

Beginning Monday, March 25 as early as 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., lanes will be reduced on King Street between Richmond Street and Clarence Street for London Hydro work. The intersection of Clarence Street and King Street will remain passable but there may be delays due to Dundas Place construction equipment and other local traffic moving through.

All road users should expect delays in the area and are reminded to take extra caution when travelling on King and Clarence Streets. Because of this work, bike lanes will be temporarily interrupted. Cyclists will need to merge into traffic lanes on King Street. Motorists are reminded to stay alert and give cyclists the space they need to get through the area safely. 

LTC buses will continue to operate.

Other work:

Dundas Street, between Richmond Street and Wellington Street remains closed for Dundas Place construction.

Starting today, as early as 10 a.m., Dundas Street from Talbot Street to Richmond Street will be closed to set up a special event happening on Dundas Place, London’s flex street. Talbot Street, from Carling Street to Dundas Street will also be closed at 10 a.m. as part of the downtown JUNO activities. Pedestrian access will be maintained on Dundas and Talbot Streets at all times. The streets will remain closed to vehicles until Monday, March 18. 

Click here for a full list of downtown road closures.

There is currently a power outage around Wellington as well as Horton. Traffic lights are also out because of this. Be safe and if you’re driving, please do so with caution.
A more specific location of the outage can be found using this link.

Just a reminder of The City of London’s PW-9 By-law on keeping your lawn and other outer areas of your house tidy. If anyone has been experiencing any garbage issues in their neighbourhood like garbage on lawns, please let me know. Let’s all do our part in keeping London clean.

Due to a watermain break, southbound lanes on Ridout Street North between York Street and Bathurst Street are currently closed. Motorists and cyclists can expect lane closures to continue overnight. Crews will be arriving onsite Friday morning to repair the watermain.