Quinte West council green lights long list of construction and road projects for 2020

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The City of Quinte West has joined a growing list of Ontario municipalities moving forward with capital projects in the face of COVID-19.

“We’re doing all that we can do under the circumstances,” Mayor Jim Harrison said in an interview with the Belleville Intelligencer. “I believe all the contracts are locked up, and as long as they meet the expectations of all the public health protocols, like having wash stations, fencing, disinfectant, things should be OK.

“We got all of the funding, we just haven’t announced it publicly, but we got great support from both the federal and provincial governments, so it’s all on the table.”

The list of construction projects to be completed in 2020, include:

  • King Street revitalization — work on King St. from Catherine St. to Victoria Ave., including watermain and sewer replacement, new sidewalks, curbs, and active transportation path
  • Queen Street reconstruction — from Dundas Street West to Creswell Drive including watermain and sewer replacement, new curbs and sidewalks
  • Trent River sewer line crossing — scheduled for July to November 2020
  • Ontario Street boat launch — Revitalization of the public boat launch located on Ontario Street at Baptiste Street.

Several road re-construction projects and rural surface treatment projects were also approved for the year.

Cobourg Development Services Ltd. was awarded the King Street and Queen Street projects, for a cost of about $4 million.

The mayor encouraged council to approve construction projects to encourage the community after a long winter, high water levels, and COVID-19.

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