Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment - Phase II

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Concept drawing of new streetscape elements that will be installed on Main Street in Yarmouth.

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.

Keeping you informed

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.

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

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  • Main Street Redevelopment Project Completed

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    Another major infrastructure project in downtown Yarmouth has been completed.

    Monday, July 12th, 2021 - Yarmouth, N.S. – Another major infrastructure project in downtown Yarmouth has been completed. The final phase of the Main Street Streetscape Redevelopment project was focused on beautification and creating a more pedestrian-friendly and accessible downtown. The new features of the project, including the “lobster car” art structures, are now on full display and were celebrated this morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Alma Square.

    Last fall, the Town replaced sewer and water infrastructure, installed new curbing, and put down new asphalt between Parade Street and John Street to complete phase I of the project. Bump outs were added as well to improve accessibility and convenience for pedestrians, and to slow vehicle traffic for improved safety. Phase II began in early spring with a focus on adding beauty, and to further improve the area for walking traffic.

    The new streetscape offers a distinct coastal theme through its features. The most notable being unique lobster car structures that offer an expression of our most important local industry. They also bring a touch of colour and playfulness to Main Street. The lobster car is divided up into six pieces to be distributed throughout the streetscape. While the car becomes interactive public art in the streetscape, the pieces also offer practical use as a photo backdrop, or a small area of shelter for pedestrians to stop and relax in the shade. A lobster car inspired bus shelter was also added at the Alma Street bus stop.

    Other highlight features include colourful “kitchen party” seating that sit upon sturdy deck timbers that resemble what might be found when walking on a local wharf. Planting beds installed feature perennial species that thrive in coastal environments and pieces of granite reflect the rock formations found at Cape Forchu. Also added were several bike racks and LED lighting.

    “Today is exciting as we see another section of our downtown rejuvenated”, said Mayor Pam Mood. “Over the last several years we’ve seen so many positive changes in the downtown. Property and business owners have responded well to our façade improvement and tax rebate programs, and the infrastructure and streetscape improvements will help to improve the appeal of the downtown so those businesses can thrive from the added foot traffic.”

    The completed work benefitted greatly from funding from the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). ACOA provided a $280,000 non-repayable contribution to the project through its Innovative Communities Fund.

    “The success of Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry relies on attracting visitors with new opportunities,” said the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for South Shore — St. Margarets, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “This Main Street revitalization recognizes what makes Yarmouth unique, and highlights it for visitors and community members who work, play and shop here. We’re proud to invest in this project, and I look forward to seeing Nova Scotians and visitors alike enjoy it for years to come.”

    Local business owner Ray Tynski was present for the unveiling, and offered the following words about the streetscape improvements. “On behalf of Greco pizza and Grinners group, we are thrilled with
    the streetscape improvements and lobster car theme, which we feel represent this community in the true spirit of its fishing heritage. We are proud to have been in operation on main street since 1985 and we look forward to being a part of this streetscape for many decades to come"

    The design work for the project was carried out by Fathom Studio of Halifax. Landscape Architect Nicholas Robins headed up much of the work and said the following. "The Town of Yarmouth continues to demonstrate its commitment to creating an inviting and distinct Main Street. Fathom Studio is honoured to help re-imagine the relationship between people and the street. The addition of site-specific Public Art reinforces Yarmouth's sense of place and commitment to creating an unforgettable visitor experience."

    Yarmouth-based Garian Construction carried out the streetscape work. Brandon McNicol project managed the work and is pleased with the end result and the cooperation of all involved to get the work done.

    “Again, we are proud of being part of our town’s projects and this one especially as it is so unique,” said McNicol. “We are very pleased to see this project completed in time to meet with our provinces lighter travel restrictions and the new streetscape will be a warm welcome for locals as well as visitors. We would like to thank the town’s engineering department, the business owners along Main Street, and our local team of subcontractors, as we were able to work together and get this finished efficiently without major disruptions. We hope everyone can visit downtown Yarmouth and see all the great improvements that have happened over these recent years!”

  • Main Street Streetscape Project Update: Lobster Cars, Kitchen Party Chairs, and Lots of Colour Arriving Soon!

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    The Main Street Streetscape improvements are coming along well, and beginning Wednesday we'll get our first glimpse of the public art portion of the project. Crews will begin to install the first pieces of the “Lobster Car” shelters at Central Street tomorrow (Wednesday, June 2nd), followed by a piece at Jenkins Street Thursday/Friday. These unique structures offer an expression of our most important local industry while bringing a touch of colour and playfulness to Main Street. The lobster car is divided up into six pieces to be distributed throughout the streetscape (see images). While the car becomes interactive public art in the streetscape, the pieces also offer practical use as a photo backdrop, or a small area of shelter for pedestrians to stop and relax in the shade. In addition to the lobster cars, new “kitchen party” chairs are being introduced in coming weeks, a unique symbol of our Town’s hospitable nature!
  • Transit Notice: Alma Stop Returns Monday

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    May 14th, 2021 - Please be advised that the temporary bus stop created due to construction at Alma Street and First Street will be moved back to the normal location of Alma Street and Main Street beginning Monday, May 17th.

    We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue work on the Main Street Streetscape Design Project.

  • Street Closure at Collins Street

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    Traffic Notice: Street Closure at Collins Street and Main Street Tuesday, May 11th

    As part of the continued work on the Main Street Streetscape Design Project, please be advised of the following:

    ➡ Sawcuts for the north and south side of Collins Street are scheduled for today with demolition beginning tomorrow (weather permitting).
    ➡ Collins Street will be blocked between Main Street and First Street while demolition activities are ongoing.
    ➡ Access to Coastal Financial Credit Union will be maintained via the wheelchair access ramp on Main Street.

    We thank everyone affected for your patience and understanding as we continue work on the Streetscape upgrades.

  • Main Street Streetscape Project Update April 28th, 2021

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    Crews are making great progress as the second phase of the Streetscape Design project continues on Main Street. Here's the latest along with closure information:

    • Concrete has been poured for Jenkins Street South & North sidewalks. Sidewalks will soon be open for pedestrian traffic and Jenkins street will reopen for vehicular traffic.
    • Concrete for Lovitt Street South sidewalk will be poured before the end of week, weather permitting.
    • Demolition for Lovitt Street North sidewalk will start tomorrow morning (Thursday).
    • Lovitt Street will be blocked off at the top while concrete and demolition activities are ongoing.
    • Access to businesses in these areas will continue to be maintained as best as possible.
    Thank you to everyone for their patience as the work continues. We're looking forward to seeing the entire project completed in coming months!
  • Main Street Redevelopment Project Resumes Next Month

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    Work on Phase II of the Streetscape Redevelopment project is set to begin after Easter Weekend

    Monday, March 22nd - Yarmouth, N.S. – The second phase of a major infrastructure project in downtown Yarmouth is set to begin soon. Following the Easter long weekend, crews will begin work on phase II which will breathe new life into the same section of Main Street. The project is expected to take three months to complete.

    Last fall, the Town replaced sewer and water infrastructure, installed new curbing, and put down new asphalt between Parade Street and John Street to complete phase I of the project. Phase II will see the addition of several beautification pieces, landscaping, and features that enhance accessibility and convenience for pedestrians. Sidewalk bump outs that were added last fall will be enhanced with unique “kitchen party” seating, a new bus shelter (Alma Square), trees and planting beds, bike racks, new lighting, and colorful displays of public art. The new streetscape will also provide a dedicated pedestrian clear zone with increased accessibility and the retention of on-street parking.

    Garian Construction of Yarmouth was awarded the tender to complete the project last fall and is eager to get started.

    “As a local contractor, we’re very proud to have been awarded this project,” said Project Manager Brandon McNicol. “We’re excited to get started and seeing these upgrades underway in our downtown. “

    Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood is excited to see the second phase start, but also expressed the fact that there will be some disruptions and inconveniences at certain times during the work.

    “This project has been a major undertaking and this second phase will see another area of our downtown completely rejuvenated," said Mood. "While there will be times when areas of the sidewalk will be blocked, along with other disruptions, it's short term and the results will be amazing. It's important that we continue to support our downtown businesses through this."

    Regular updates and notifications on work areas, detours and disruptions from the work being carried out will be provided via the Town of Yarmouth website, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and through local media outlets. Updates will also be delivered through “Alertable”, a new community notification system that offers instant updates through a Smartphone app, text, email, and more. It's easy, convenient and completely FREE. Learn more and sign up here: https://www.townofyarmouth.ca/alertable.html


  • Main Street Project Nearing Completion

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    Phase I of the 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 in early April of 2021. 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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    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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    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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    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
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