The new Avonsyde Boulevard connecting Parkside Drive and Dundas Street will open by Sept. 1, but will require the closure of Parkside for about three weeks.
Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge said construction on the road, which will eventually be part of the Waterdown Bypass, is expected to begin Mon., Aug. 14.
She noted the city had a meeting Aug. 8 with Mattamy Homes, which is building the new roadway, and confirmed the timeline. She added intersection work at Avonsyde and Parkside Drive will require Parkside to be closed between Springcreek Drive and Evans Road during the course of the work. “Which will probably be for the next three weeks,” she said.
Partridge added there will be no driveways onto Avonsyde. “It will be strictly a corridor connecting road between Dundas and Parkside,” she said. In addition, a new stoplight at the corner of Avonsyde and Dundas will also become operational Sept. 1. The intersection will be a three-way stop.
“It’s very, very difficult for anybody to get across.”
Partridge said the stoplight at Pirelli, Dundas and Berryhill Avenue is currently being installed.
“I think it’s going to be operational by September,” she said, noting residents have been asking for a light at the intersection for some time.
She added seniors who live in the old Waterdown High School condos have also been asking for the light on Dundas Street. “It’s very, very difficult for anybody to get across,” she said.
Partridge said the new light will help space out traffic on Dundas, as well as get drivers to slow down.
“It’s a fully-functional four-way stoplight,” she said. “That will allow the cars from Pirelli and from Berryhill to pull out onto Dundas Street. It will also allow for a properly timed crosswalk for residents to be able to get across.
She noted the new development on the north side of Dundas Street – the completed Bohemian Condos and the new condo development to the immediate opposite – will add more pedestrian traffic to the area. She added the condos that are currently under construction will also include commercial space on the ground floor.
“You’re going to get more people crossing the road to access the businesses that are located in proximity to them.”