Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II

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Beginning in September of 2020, work will get underway on the “Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II” as part of the Town’s Downtown Blueprint released in 2010. This major redevelopment project will see important work done above and below ground on Main Street, from Parade Street to John Street. Excavation to replace more of the 100-year-old sewer and underground infrastructure will begin in September.

The project will be completed in two stages. The first will see the complete replacement of sewer and water infrastructure. Much like the Glebe Street sewer separation project, this stage involves replacing the combined rock

Beginning in September of 2020, work will get underway on the “Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II” as part of the Town’s Downtown Blueprint released in 2010. This major redevelopment project will see important work done above and below ground on Main Street, from Parade Street to John Street. Excavation to replace more of the 100-year-old sewer and underground infrastructure will begin in September.

The project will be completed in two stages. The first will see the complete replacement of sewer and water infrastructure. Much like the Glebe Street sewer separation project, this stage involves replacing the combined rock sewer with separate sanitary and storm pipes and the installation of a new water service line. By separating the storm water from the sanitary line, the load on the Town’s treatment plant is reduced, as clean rainwater flows directly to the harbour. This reduces electricity use at the plant and the overall level of annual “GHGs” (greenhouse gases) emitted by the town. On the surface, new curbs will be built to accommodate future bumpouts and the entire section of street will receive new asphalt.

The second stage of the project will begin in early spring 2021, and will breathe new life into another section of Main Street. Features will include sidewalk bumpouts enhanced with unique “kitchen party” seating, a new bus shelter, “green” technology planting beds, bike racks, new lighting, and the display of public art. The new streetscape will also provide a dedicated pedestrian clear zone with increased accessibility and the retention of on-street parking. The design concept was developed by Fathom Studio and is a continuation of the theme from Main Street’s Phase 1 Streetscape project completed in 2017. You may visit the project page, view the design in the PDF file "Yarmouth Main Street Council Presentation.pdf" in the "Documents" section to the upper right, or watch the video presentation in the "Videos" section to the upper right.

This page has been created to serve as a primary source of information on the project. Our goal is to provide timely updates on progress, answers to your questions, specifics on work being done, and more. While we also plan to communicate through the Town of Yarmouth website, social media and local media, we hope this project page will serve to guide business owners, residents, and visitors on this very important project as it unfolds.

Keeping you informed

We are currently in the early planning stages, so we can’t give you exact dates when we will do the work. We will deliver detailed information to your business closer to the proposed construction date.

If you would like to speak with us about this work, please contact:

Natalie Smith, Economic Development
902-742-1505 x255

Town of Yarmouth social media links for regular updates:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownofYarmouth/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TownOfYarmouth

  • Main Street Project Nearing Completion

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    13 Nov 2020
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    Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment project that began with shovels in the ground on September 24th is nearing completion. It takes significant time and effort to remove and replace underground infrastructure, and despite some minor delays due to weather and obstacles, the project has remained on-track. Phase I of the project should be completed in two weeks time (weather permitting).

    Here's the latest:

    ➡️ All underground water and sewer pipes have been removed and replaced.
    ➡️ Water testing has been completed, and temporary waterlines have been removed.
    ➡️ 4 bump curbs have been completed
    ➡️ Type 2 gravel placement has been completed, with type 1 gravel to be put down next week.
    ➡️ After type 1 gravel is in place, paving commences and, weather permitting, this phase of the project is complete.

    Phase II of the redevelopment will get underway next spring. This phase involves installing the streetscape elements that will beautify this section of Main Street. The area will feature “kitchen party” seating, a new bus shelter, bike racks, new lighting, the display of public art and more. The new streetscape will also provide sidewalks with increased accessibility and the retention of on-street parking.

    A big thank you to the everyone - especially our downtown businesses - for their continued patience and understanding during this important project. It's been a messy couple of months, but the work is necessary and the improvements will benefit all once complete. #infrastructureupgrades #downtownrevitalization
  • Main Street Redevelopment Project Progressing on Schedule

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    23 Oct 2020

    Aside from minor delays, replacement of the 100-year-old infrastructure below Main Street is tracking on schedule and set for completion later next month


    Friday, October 23rd, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S.The latest Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment project is progressing well and on schedule. The first stage of the project involving the complete replacement of sewer and water lines began last month. Aberdeen Paving has carried out the excavation and replacement of the old infrastructure under Main Street, from John Street to Parade Street. Aside form minor delays dealing with unexpected obstacles during the dig, the project has gone well and on track for completion by the end of November.

    Work began on September 24th and is now just past the halfway point. Work to replace the old rock sewer was a major part of the effort and is now complete. Like the Glebe Street sewer separation project recently finished, this “green” project involved replacing the rock sewer with separate sanitary and storm sewers. Separating the storm water from the sanitary line reduces the load on the Town’s treatment plant, as clean rainwater flows directly to the harbour. This will see a significant reduction in electricity use by the plant.

    The next major component is water line replacement which got underway today. Next week will see the continuation of water line work and the following week will see the start of concrete curb work. Once all underground work is completed and gravels and curbing are in place, paving will mark the completion of this first stage in the project.

    Stage two will get underway next spring and involves installation of sidewalk bump outs enhanced with unique “kitchen party” seating, a new bus shelter, “green” technology planting beds, bike racks, new lighting, and the display of public art. The new streetscape will also provide a dedicated pedestrian clear zone with increased accessibility and the retention of on-street parking. The contract for next spring’s work will be tendered this fall.

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  • ‼️WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE‼️

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    23 Oct 2020

    Please be advised of the following water disruption notice:

    a scheduled water interruption will occur on Friday, October 23rd from 7 am to 12 pm on Central Street, from Main Street to Water Street.

    This interruption in service is necessary as part of the redevelopment project currently underway on Main Street. We thank all of those affected for their patience and understanding.

  • Important Construction Notice: Main Street Closure Extending to Parade Street

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    04 Oct 2020
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    Work on Main street to replace the more than 100 year old sewer and prepare for the new streetscape is progressing on schedule, and will now move further north from the current work area. Please be advised of the following:

    ➡️ Main Street from Parade Street to Collins Street will be closed beginning Wednesday, October 7th as work progresses to the second block of work
    ➡️ Collins Street from Main Street to First Street will be closed to local traffic only
    ➡️ All other current road blocks will remain in place

    We thank everyone for their continued patience and understanding as we move through this important street infrastructure upgrade
  • ‼️IMPORTANT WATER DISRUPTION NOTICE‼️

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    25 Sep 2020
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    Please be advised of the following scheduled water disruption:

    ➡️ On Wednesday, September 30th, there will be a scheduled water disruption from 7am to 3 pm on Main Street from Parade Street to Central Street.

    This interruption in service is necessary as part of the redevelopment project currently underway on Main Street. We thank all of those affected for their patience and understanding.

  • Work Begin Thursday, September 24th

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    23 Sep 2020
    CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II Work Set for Thursday, September 24th

    With the storm behind us, work can now safely begin on the Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II Project. Beginning tomorrow, the following closures/detours will be in effect:

    ➡️ Main Street from John Street to Collins Street will be closed with local traffic only.
    ➡️ Central Street will be closed with local traffic only for access from Water Street.
    ➡️ Jenkins Street will be closed with local traffic only.
    ➡️ Collins Street onto Main Street will be right hand turn only.
    ➡️ John Street onto Main Street will be left hand turn only.

    For complete project details including FAQs, video, and more visit: https://getinvolvedyarmouth.ca/
  • TRANSIT NOTICE: Change of Route Due to Construction

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    21 Sep 2020
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    IMPORTANT TRANSIT NOTICE: Route Change Begins TOMORROW, September 24th

    Please be advised that the earlier notice reporting a change in route and stop has been changed. The following route change and stop begins tomorrow, Thursday, September 24th:

    ➡️ Travelling north on Main Street, the bus will now turn east onto Cliff Street
    ➡️ It will then turn and travel North on Kirk Street, and then east on John Street to Second Street
    ➡️ On Second Street, it will travel north to Alma Street, then West to First Street, then north to Parade Street and down to Main Street where it will continue northward as usual.
    ➡️ The Stop at Alma Square will be moved to the corner of Alma and First Street. This is the ONLY stop that is affected.

    This route will be in place until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

  • CONSTRUCTION NOTICE: Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II Work Begins Monday

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    17 Sep 2020
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    Please be advised that work on the Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II Project is set to begin on Monday, September 21st. Like the recently completed Glebe Street sewer project, this involves complete excavation of Main Street from John Street to Parade Street, one section at a time.

    On Monday, the following closures/detours will be in effect:

    ➡️ Main Street from John Street to Collins Street will be closed with local traffic only.
    ➡️ Central Street will be closed with local traffic only for access from Water Street.
    ➡️ Jenkins Street will be closed with local traffic only.
    ➡️ Collins Street onto Main Street will be right hand turn only.
    ➡️ John Street onto Main Street will be left hand turn only.


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  • Next Phase of Main Street Redevelopment to Begin Next Month

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    19 Aug 2020

    More key infrastructure work will be completed this fall and early spring, ahead of a possible return of ferry service next summer

    Thursday, August 13th, 2020 - Yarmouth, N.S. – Another major infrastructure project will soon begin to take shape in downtown Yarmouth. At the July regular council meeting, a motion was passed to allocate capital funds needed to begin work on the “Phase III Streetscape Project” as part of the Town’s Downtown Blueprint released in 2010. This redevelopment project will see important work done above and below ground on Main Street, from Parade Street to John Street. Excavation to replace more of the 100-year-old sewer and underground infrastructure will begin next month.

    The project will be completed in two stages. The first will see the complete replacement of sewer and water infrastructure. Much like the almost completed Glebe Street sewer separation project, this stage involves replacing the combined rock sewer with separate sanitary and storm pipes and the installation of a new water service line. By separating the storm water from the sanitary line, the load on the Town’s treatment plant is reduced, as clean rainwater flows directly to the harbour. This reduces electricity use at the plant and the overall level of annual “GHGs” (greenhouse gases) emitted by the town. On the surface, new curbs will be built to accommodate future bumpouts and the entire section of street will receive new asphalt.

    The second stage of the project will begin in early spring 2021, and will breathe new life into another section of Main Street. Features will include sidewalk bumpouts enhanced with unique “kitchen party” seating, a new bus shelter, “green” technology planting beds, bike racks, new lighting, and the display of public art. The new streetscape will also provide a dedicated pedestrian clear zone with increased accessibility and the retention of on-street parking. The design concept was developed by Fathom Studios and is a continuation of the theme from Main Street’s Phase 1 Streetscape project completed in 2017.

    While all work for this project had been set for the spring of 2021, council’s decision came as the result of a recommendation to complete as much work as possible, as quickly as possible, in advance of a 2021 ferry sailing season. Given the sheer amount of work required for this project, a two-stage approach allows enough time for completion before the ferry service begins. “The work must be done, and Council feels it’s better done now as we don’t want the streets dug up when the ferry returns,” explains Town of Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood. “While we know it’s inconvenient with all of the digging, detours and disruptions, this is a good time to get this messy work out of the way. When things get back to normal, we will be ready and looking our best.” Understanding that an extended period of construction in the downtown creates issues for Main Street businesses, Mood added “we fully appreciate the patience shown by business owners and their customers as we complete this work. We know it brings challenges and sometimes unexpected disruptions. But this is important work that renews some very old infrastructure and gives the downtown another boost. When it’s all

    done, businesses, residents, and visitors will all benefit from the upgrades. In the meantime, it is our sincere hope that our residents continue to support local.”

    Aberdeen Construction, who will finish the Glebe Street sewer project by month’s end, will perform the pipe replacement, curbing, and asphalt for the first stage of work. Construction will begin in early September, with asphalt paving to be completed in November. The contract for next spring’s work will be tendered this fall. Detailed communications on street closures, detours, and water interruptions will be provided in the coming weeks.

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