Construction for a $10.4 million upgrade to a prominent West End intersection has been ongoing for over 12 months, and residents are beginning to get frustrated as they have been forced to navigate around the worksite for over a year now.
The development, which costs a total of $10.4 million, was first approved three years ago and it revolves around the implementation of new upgrades to make one particularly dangerous intersection in West End safer. Such improvements include much-needed lights.
People within the vicinity have grown increasingly frustrated over what should have been temporary inconveniences that have now resulted in a worksite that has begun to overstay its welcome. Businesses nearby are suffering as entering stores or finding parking becomes inconvenient for would-be customers.
Installing lights has been particularly difficult due to the complications brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns that took place as a result. This, on top of wet weather towards the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, has had unfavourable impacts on the project’s delivery.
Noise pollution brought about by the sounds of construction has also deterred customers from making use of nearby cafes and restaurants, much to the chagrin of local business owners.
Construction at the intersection, which is located at the corner of Montague Road and Victoria Street, has been in the works for 12 months now. These upgrades were scheduled to be finished by March 2021, however it is estimated that construction will finish closer to June.