Downtown Brampton makeover approved

A transformation is coming to downtown Brampton. Municipal council recently approved moving forward with the recommended project plans for the Downtown Reimagined initiative. The project, which includes critical infrastructure and significant streetscaping in the city’s core, is being implemented by the Region of Peel in partnership with the City of Brampton.

The project includes: replacement and relining the existing aging sanitary sewers; installation of new watermains, sanitary and storm sewers along with other utilities to accommodate future growth; and construction of a new streetscape.

Vehicular traffic will be restricted in the area during construction, which is expected to take two-and-a-half to three years. Pedestrian and business access will remain open at all times throughout the downtown core. The road closure for vehicular traffic is expected for two years on Queen Street between George St and Chapel Street and Main Street between Wellington Street and Nelson Street West. The intersections will remain open. Peel Region will commence work on critical infrastructure in the fall 2018. The target date for completion of the entire project is 2021.

When completed, Downtown Reimagined will create a vibrant public realm with an aesthetically beautiful streetscape around the historic Four Corners. The new streetscape – from Mill Street South to Chapel Street on Queen Street and Nelson Street West to Wellington Street on Main Street – will bring together pedestrians, cyclists and motorists in a safe and sustainable manner. A range of high-design features, such as the addition of cycle lanes to landscaping between the street and sidewalk, will capitalize on pedestrian walkability and enhance amenities.

“Downtown Reimagined is one of the first steps in delivering Brampton 2040 Vision,” said Harry Schlange, Brampton CAO. “In the next five years, downtown Brampton will be a hive of activity as a number of exciting initiatives bring in new development and growth. We acknowledge construction will have a big impact and we are committed to working with our partners at the Region of Peel, the downtown BIA and all our stakeholders to minimize disruption and ensure a safe transition of traffic and pedestrian movement during the construction.”

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