Bear Street Reconstruction complete Monday, July 19
Final work on the Bear Street Reconstruction Project are being completed this weekend, including the installation of final paver stones, landscaping, site furnishings, pedestrian waste bins, signage, parking lot curbs and summer planters.
The street is scheduled to open in phases:
- Saturday, July 17: The majority of the street was fully opened to pedestrians.
- Saturday, July 17 (3:30 p.m.): The Caribou Street intersection was opened to vehicles for access to the Brewster Mountain Lodge parkade. A barricade will remain on the street north of the parkade entrance until Monday, when Wolf Street and the surface parking lot opens.
- Sunday, July 18: Complete landscaping work and block pavers on Wolf Street and sidewalk connections, and preparation for opening parking lot.
- Monday, July 19 (end of day): Wolf Street intersection and entirety of Bear Street will be opened to vehicular traffic.
Work on Monday will include landscaping, installation of on-street and parking lot signage, certification of the gas fireplace in the centre of the street, set up of Adirondack chairs near the fireplace, final location of pedestrian garbage bins, start of AHS testing of the water bottle filling station/fountain, and final set up of parking lot curbs and barriers. The Wolf Street intersection will be opened after curing of the bonding polymer for the sand that secures block pavers in place.
On Monday, the Town’s project manager and engineers inspect all final work on Bear Street for official hand-over of the management of the street from the construction contractor to municipal operations. As part of this inspection, it is normal for some deficiencies to be identified for final remediation over the coming days, to ensure warranty.
Additional temporary planters are being added in locations on the street and surface parking lot to add beautification and to assist in managing vehicle traffic and parking. The mobile nature of the planters will allow the Town to adjust to new traffic patterns.
A small sample of café tables and chairs for public use are being manufactured and will be installed in late August or early September for testing in advance of next summer.