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Pine Street project moving along

·1 min read

GANANOQUE – Pine Street, which has been under construction since late June, is nearing completion.

All of the underground work to replace aging water and sewer lines is done, including all valves, hydrants, maintenance holes and catch basins. Most of the original 32 old-growth trees have been saved and all that’s left is the street surface.

“The reason for the last minute redesign was because all the trees were going to be chopped except for one, on a street known for its canopy, so redesigning had to do with saving those trees and now the street is looking wonderful,” said Coun. Dennis O’Connor, who lives at the end of Pine.

The work to be completed this year includes the rest of the sidewalks. The private entrances and new street light poles and fixtures were to be finished this week, said Paul McMunn, manager of public works.

Before reconstruction, Pine Street was two-ways with parking on the south side. Now it's mostly a one-way.

The west end of Pine from Stone Street South to the dead end will remain two-ways to give residents, the Legion, the Pine Street Municipal Parking Lot, Service Ontario and a dentist office a way in and out.

“Public Works staff are recommending that although Pine Street, west of Stone Street South is being maintained as a two-way roadway, that on-street parking be prohibited on the north and south sides of the street,” said McMunn, in a report to council.

“The contractors have been wonderful and very sensitive to all the issues. It warms my heart to see the project going so well and on time,”said O’Connor.

Heddy Sorour, Local Journalism Initiative, Brockville Recorder and Times