Major road work will take place in downtown Duncan early next year, including the complete reconstruction of the intersection of Ingram Street and Canada Avenue and a significant renovation to the intersection of Duncan Street and Queens Road.
Duncan city council voted on Monday to tender the project, which is estimated to cost just over $1.7 million and will take from February to May to complete.
Within the project, the intersection of Ingram Street and Canada Avenue will be rebuilt to include left-turn lanes, expanded pedestrian areas and new traffic lights, while the nearby intersection of Duncan Street and Queens Road will be converted to a four-way stop.
A new water main will be installed on Ingram Street, under the train tracks from Canada Avenue to Duncan Street, and Canada Avenue will also see a significant upgrade to its infrastructure, including new water and sewer mains, improved sidewalks, and repaving, along with the addition of medians south of Ingram Street. Bike lanes, curb flares and wider sidewalks will be added throughout the area.
Traffic and parking will be affected during construction, although Canada Avenue will remain open to southbound traffic, and the finished project will result in minimal loss of parking.
The City solicited feedback about the project at an open house on Nov. 18, where a number of concerns were looked at, such as where tour buses will park during construction, how transit buses will be impacted by the work, and how other streets in Duncan’s core will be impacted.