City announces new construction projects as Ontario gives go-ahead

Sidewalk repairs will begin on Monday.

Residents will see new construction projects across Guelph in the coming weeks.

The Ontario government said on Friday that construction on “municipal projects” could resume on Monday alongside some businesses that are allowed to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic.

A ‘road closed’ sign in front of construction downtown Guelph on April 11, 2020. GUELPHWIRE/Eli Ridder

The City of Guelph announced three new projects on Friday, with sidewalk repairs starting on Monday.

The city also unvieled that parts of Grange and Metcalfe Streets will be repaved beginning on May 11, causing lane reductions.

Starting the same day, there will also be lane reductions on a small portion of Imperial Road South between Paisley Road and the railway tracks. The city said that two-way traffic will be maintained.

The city said on April 17 that it is working with Metrolinx to perform maintenance that started on Friday at the railway crossing on Watson Road North between York Road and Watson Parkway North.

In April, 1 Carden St. announced that Stevenson Street North would be closed for construction starting May 18 for about two weeks.

The province laid out a plan on Friday for some businesses to reopen in May.

“We are allowing certain businesses to reopen under strict guidelines because we are confident they can operate safely and adapt to the current environment,” said Premier Doug Ford in a Friday press release.

“While further reductions in the spread are needed before we can begin reopening the province, we have the right framework and the right workplace guidelines in place to do so gradually and safely.”

The provincial government has partnered with Ontario’s health regulators to develop over 60 guidelines in response to the COVID-19 outbreak to “ensure workers, customers and the general public are protected.”

Other businesses that will be allowed to reopen include garden centres and nurseries with curb-side pick-up and delivery only, landscaping companies and car washes.

Auto dealerships will also be able to open up but by appointment only. Golf courses will be able to begin preparing courses for the upcoming season.

“Ontario workers and businesses have shown exemplary cooperation and resilience throughout the course of this crisis,” said economic development minister Vic Fedeli.

“We’re beginning to ease restrictions on select businesses as we carefully and methodically re-open Ontario’s economy and continue together on our path to renewed prosperity.”

Provincial officials emphasized that residents should continue to maintain physical distancing and remain whenever possible.

“While we have made tremendous progress in our shared battle against this new virus, we are not done yet,” health minister Christine Elliott said in the release.

“We need to keep up the fight by continuing to practise physical distancing and good hygiene habits.”

As of Friday, Guelph had 110 total cases of COVID-19, with two newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours and five total fatalities. Forty cases have been resolved.

(Reporting by Eli Ridder; Files from Jack Fisher)