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Second phase of Gore Pedestrianization Initiative to begin within the week

Hamilton, ON – June 22, 2016 – The City of Hamilton’s Public Works Department is preparing for the second phase of construction for the Gore Pedestrianization Initiative – the Central Garden Block between James and Hughson streets. Construction will begin within the week and is slated to be completed by the end of October 2016. Businesses will remain open and accessible from their storefront sidewalk.

Key components of the plan for the Central Garden Block include new decorative paving, sidewalk repairs/replacement, new trees and planting areas with irrigation, upgraded lighting, additional seating, renovation to the fountain and modern illuminated signage. Tree removals and new plantings are being coordinated with the City’s Forestry and Horticulture section to align with their City-wide Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan.

When construction is complete, the pedestrianized south leg of King St. east will be accessible to emergency and delivery vehicles only, and taxis. Upon completion of all three phases of construction, it will extend from James St. to Catharine St. Construction dates for phase three have not yet been confirmed.

This project was initiated by the Downtown Transportation Master Plan Review in 2008. Relocation of the City buses from the south leg of King St. E. to the new MacNab Transit Terminal was also a key element of the plan.

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