The section of Main Street, between John and Cumberland streets, was reopened to traffic over the noon hour on June 13. It had been closed since March 22 as part of a sewer separation project that involved replacing aging sewer and storm water infrastructure underground – some dating back to the late 1800s – and separating the systems from one another to operate more efficiently and the town money in the long run.
The town received federal and provincial infrastructure money to put towards this sewer separation project, which is now making its way along Cliff Street, where street disruptions will occur in stages between now and the end of October. Federal funding of $1,718,188 and provincial funding of $859,094 was contributed towards the project.
But the biggest talked-about aspect of the work that's taken place – whether the talk is on the sidewalk or social media – has been the installation of bumpouts on parts of Main Street at the intersections of John, Brown and Cliff streets. The town says the goal of the project has been to take previously unused space that had no parking markings on them and turn them into usable spaces for pedestrians by adding seating , greenery, etc. They are also being used to improve safety by shortening crosswalk distances across Main Street. The bumpouts align with the parking spaces on Main Street and the side roads.
The bumpouts seem to fall in the love-them or hate-them categories, with those not in love concerned they have made some intersections too tight when it comes to traffic. As for their final look, work on the bumpouts has not yet been completed. The town received funding from ACOA to direct towards a Main Street streetscape project.