Q: Why is the Town undertaking this project right now?

    This Streetscape Project had been set for the spring of 2021. Council’s decision to push forward the project to start this September 2020 is the result of a recommendation to complete as much work as possible, as quickly as possible, in advance of a 2021 ferry sailing season.

    Q: What is the scope of the project?

    The project improvement area is Main Street, from John Street to Parade Street, in the Town of Yarmouth.

    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 Studios, Dartmouth NS and is a continuation of the them from Main Street’s Phase I Streetscape project completed in 2017.

    Q: What is the timeline for the project?

    Road infrastructure construction is estimated to start in early September 2020 after Labour Day and completed before the end of the year.

    Streetscape construction is estimated to start in early April and to be completed by late May/early June 2021.

    Q: Who was responsible for planning these Improvements?

    The planning for these infrastructure improvements was undertaken by a “Project Team” consisting of a collaboration of staff from the Town of Yarmouth. 

    The Town has hired the consulting design firm of Fathom Studio to assist with the planning, design and contract administration of the Streetscape project.

    Q: How will the improvements enhance the pedestrian environment on Main Street?

    • Accessibility ramp with tactile indicators 
    • Sawcut Concrete 
    • Bio-retention Rain garden 
    • On-grade decking 
    • Street trees
    • Seating elements 
    • Public art installation 
    • Planting beds

    Q: How will the improvements enhance current Town of Yarmouth underground infrastructure?

    The first stage of the project will replace some very old underground infrastructure. Much like the almost completed Glebe Street sewer separation project, this stage involves replacing the 100 + year-old 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.

    Q. What landscaping and streetscaping features are being constructed?

    For details on the streetscape project features please download the design presentation PDF file.

    Q: How will on-road parking be affected by this project?

    Work will begin at John street heading north and will be completed one section (block) at a time. During construction, each section will see a full street closure and on-road parking will not be available. Only foot traffic will be maintained. Signs will be posted directing motorists to off-street Town owned parking lots.

    When construction is done, two (2) of the existing twenty-one (21) existing on-road parking spaces on Main Street will be removed in order to accommodate the streetscape improvements.

    Q: How will private property, trees, and driveways be affected?

    Construction will be confined to the Town’s road allowance. Disturbed driveways and boulevard areas will be fully restored to preconstruction conditions or better. Driveways will be regraded as necessary to blend smoothly with the reconstructed roadway.

    As part of the improvements, drainage improvements, such as new boulevard catch basins, will be provided as appropriate in order to improve drainage of boulevard areas.

    Q: How will traffic and access to properties be accommodated during construction?

    Stage 1 of the project (Street Redevelopment Water & Sewer) will impact vehicle traffic to the properties in the project area but will not impact pedestrian access to the sidewalk and entrance to properties.  

    • Road construction will be completed in stages (by street block) so that the extent of on-street parking temporarily removed is minimized
    • Signage will be provided to direct patrons of businesses along Main Street to nearby municipal parking lots.

    Stage 2 (Sidewalk bump-outs) of the project will impact those businesses where the new sidewalk amenities and bump-outs will be located.   

    • Access to every business will be maintained throughout the duration of construction, unless otherwise approved by the business owner in writing. Any necessary closures for demolition or temporary reinstatement will be performed during non-business hours and with five (5) business days’ written notice to business owners.
    • Potentially affected businesses include, but are not limited to:
      1. Greco Pizza
      2. Supernova Power Yoga
      3. Yarmouth Wool Shoppe
      4. Bank of Montreal
      5. TD Bank
      6. Coastal Financial Credit Union
        • Locations identified with no alternative access entrance and are directly affected will have temporary measures in place to provide access during construction.
        • Wayfinding signage will be installed with information to the public on how to access businesses for delivery and access for staff and customers.

    Q. How will this affect the Transit Bus Route?

    The Transit Bus route will be affected during the road water sewer separation phase.    A bus detour route is being planned and details will be shared on this page, Town of Yarmouth website/social media, as well as on-street signage indicating changes to stops.

    Q. What lessons did you learn from the first Main Street Streetscaping Project?

    During the first Main Street 2017 streetscaping project we learned a lot about working together as a community. The project taught us about collaborating on a clear vision for the street and working together to make the most of the construction phase. We built a solid relationship with many of the businesses along the construction corridor and within the downtown. We also demonstrated that a high-quality streetscape project contributes to the social and commercial success of an area, and the region. Main Street has hosted dozens of events, attracting attention to the area and benefiting local business owners while providing local residents with an enjoyable place to be.

    Q. How do the improvements relate to the objectives of the Downtown Blueprint Plan?

    The Project Team planned these improvements to address the underground infrastructure on Main Street in combination with the Phase II Streetscape project to provide economization, minimal traffic and business disruption and support sustainable development principles.

    The streetscape improvements support the Downtown Blueprint Plan principles in that it is to develop the downtown as a premiere destination for people and businesses; as a livable community; as a safe place both day and night; and should cater to pedestrians and cyclists as well as cars.