Construction Season For Next Section Of Laclie Street Residents Starts In One Week

By John Swartz

With completion of Phase 1 of the Laclie Street Reconstruction project anticipated by May 17. Phase 2 is scheduled to get underway after the Victoria Day long weekend.

Originally, according to a March CIP item to council, the second phase was to start a few weeks after the April 1 finishing touches for phase one began, so it appears already the start of  phase two is running behind.

The lower portion of Laclie Street construction should be finished by week’s end.

The second phase, includes Laclie Street from Borland Street to Parkhurst Crescent It involves road reconstruction new water mains, sanitary and stormwater sewers, new sidewalks, and new traffic signals at North Street.

During construction, Laclie Street will be open to local traffic only from Borland Street to Parkhurst Crescent. Emergency access will be maintained at all times. Traffic will detour along Coldwater Street, West Street North and Fittons Road East. 

The City and the contractor, Arnott Construction Ltd., will be working with local businesses and residents affected by the reconstruction to ensure they have safe access.

The City has re-installed temporary traffic calming devices on Matchedash Street North and the temporary stop sign installed at Brant Street and Matchedash Street North will remain in place. To slow traffic, the City is installing two additional temporary traffic calming bollard lane width reductions: one on Jarvis Street between Laclie Street and Matchedash Street North, and one on Peter Street North between North Street East and Fittons Road East.

Transit Changes
Temporary Laclie transit route

Orillia Transit’s Laclie route will revert service from the current detour on Matchedash Street North to the regular Laclie route for the outgoing service and a new detour on Canice Street from North Street East to Coldwater Street where it rejoins the regular Laclie route

It is anticipated that Phase 2 of the Laclie Street reconstruction project will be complete by fall/winter 2024. The $7.2 million budget for Phase 2 was approved during the 2024 budget process.

The Laclie Street Reconstruction project is phased over a four-year period, subject to annual budget approval, and consists of the reconstruction of Laclie Street from Neywash Street to Murray Street with a common left-turn lane between St. Jean Street and Murray Street; and bike lanes between North Street East and Murray Street. Find details online about the Laclie Street reconstruction project, and to sign up to receive updates.

(Photos by Swartz – SUNonline/Orillia and Images Supplied) Main. Intersection of Laclie street and Fittons Road with construction notices.


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