Construction has officially begun on the first phase of Oshawa’s King Street East Streetscape. The project will see the sidewalk widened on the north side of King Street East between Ontario Street and Mary Street North.
The design was developed based on support for a more pedestrian-friendly street in the area through public consultations last year.
Once completed, the wider sidewalk will provide additional space for public amenities, such as sitting areas, bicycle racks, waste receptacles and landscaping, and outdoor patios and cafe spaces for private businesses.
Work is expected to be completed by Oct. 31. Residents are asked to note that unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule.
The King Street East Streetscape was spurred by goals set out in the city’s Downtown Plan20Twenty, which includes action items to create a downtown that is recognizable and welcoming to residents, visitors and businesses.
The plan also included updating the downtown streetscape with light standards, benches, trash receptacles, greenery, and investigating opportunities such as sidewalk widening.