The reconstruction of Peel Street has been identified as a project in the Town’s Development Charges Background Study (DCBS) for some time. The DCBS originally called for an Urban road cross-section with sidewalk, street illumination and street trees, but upon further review it was determined that the current road standards would not meet the project’s goals. A hybrid Rural/Urban Road with a 2.7m wide multi-use trail running parallel for pedestrians and cyclists was recommended for the reconstruction.
Preliminary designs have provided the Town with a flexible outline for the project in the future. Features of the reconstruction will include an improvement to profile of Peel Street, which will improve sightlines for drivers and pedestrians. A replacement of the pavement structure was also recommended to meet current standards.
The Peel Street Reconstruction project will be informed by the West Side Water Storage Municipal Class Environmental Assessment to determine whether a new trunk water main will be part of the final design. Local sewer needs will also be considered to inform the final design and whether a new sewer will be required as part of the project. The proposed storm system will be influenced by the final design on the shoreline works to determine how the flows will be outlet and how Peel Street and Bay Street will be constructed as they approach Georgian Bay and the Beaver River.
The Town will proceed with engaging a consultant through the request for proposal process for the final design and project management. A revised budget request sheet has been included in the 2023 Proposed Town Budget for council consideration. This has been updated to account for current construction costs, and has updated the proposed project scope to include a pedestrian bridge over the Little Beaver River. The Final Design for the project is expected to be completed in 2023 with construction to follow in 2024.
The Town is moving forward on the reconstruction of Peel Street as local development nears completion.
November 30, 2023 - Public Information Centre Follow-up Staff Report
Staff Report CSOPS.23.060 was presented to Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, November 28, 2023. This report provided a summary of the comments and feedback that were received through the Public Information Centre held on October 5, 2023, and requested direction to advance the design to the 100% stage using the approved road cross-section with a concrete surface for the multi-use trail. Committee of the Whole voted 4-2 in favour of the staff recommendations. This recommendation is scheduled to be considered by Council at their meeting on December 18, 2023.
Anyone wishing to watch the discussion can skip to the 2:19:10 mark of the committee meeting recording.