Those who consider north Caygeon home, and those who run businesses there, came out in force—and with lots of questions and concerns—when the City of Kawartha Lakes unveiled a proposal to rebuild Anne, Front, Helen, Main, Prince and Duke Streets at an Aug. 28 information session in the Bobcaygeon Council Chambers.
Among their concerns:
• Why will Main Street only be reconstructed to Duke and not as far as East Street?
• There is no need for a bicycle lane on the east side of Main Street.
• The work must be done in the off-season so as not to disrupt business along Main and Front Streets during the all-important summer months.
• Parking is vitally important to businesses, who say they need it on both sides of Main Street—plus a parking lot in the road allowance at the end of Prince Street.
A drive along Main will show that all of it badly needs resurfacing, not just below Duke Street. (See Top of Main Street wants fair play, in Village Voice.) CKL’s manager of engineering Juan Rojas said the purpose of the information session is to collect feedback from those affected, which will be considered as plans are revised. But the final decision will be council’s.
Business owners in particular pleaded that construction avoid the crucial summer months to avoid debilitating loss of income. “We do all our business in July and August,” said a representative of Southwinds Resort and Marina on Front Street.
But all the work has to take place during the limited construction season between May and October, said Rojas. “You can’t put asphalt down when it’s cold.” He did say the city would schedule work around the Front Street boat launch for the off season.
There also seemed agreement that extra parking is preferable to the suggested bicycle lane on the east side of Main Street. At least one village cyclist suggested there is not enough traffic on Bobcaygeon streets to require bike lanes.
CKL plans to rebuild the six Rokeby streets “to an urban city standard,” adding curbs and gutters as well as storm sewers and a sidewalk on at least one side of each street. That will mean major jack-hammering. Workers will start construction next spring and continue over three seasons, ending in 2017.
Front and Anne Streets will be done during 2015, as you have to have the storm sewer outlet in place before you begin constructing the upstream sewers, said Rojas. Prince and Helen streets are scheduled for 2016, and Main and Duke streets will be done in 2017.
It’s part of a five-year roads plan ratified by Council in 2012, said Rojas. He explained the city’s annual roads budget is approximately $16 million a year, and $1.5 million a year is expected to go to the Bobcaygeon project.
The city has engaged D.M. Wills Associates Ltd. to do a Class Environmental Study, and to prepare the detailed design of the proposed reconstruction.