Now that we’ve dispelled the rumor of the CRA being a bust, it’s time for an update on what’s happening out there. There has been a ton of activity with the construction of this project, although much of it may not be noticeable on the surface.
Much of the work up until this point has been underground. Things like the repaving of streets, installing sidewalks and streetlamps and putting in landscaping only takes a few months – and incidentally, that’s what people notice the most, and it’s also what happens at the end of the project. So, it’s easy to assume nothing’s really been going on with it for a long stretch of time, when the reality is that tons of stuff has been going on, just out of our view.
So, in the likes of Jack Black in Nacho Libre, Anyways.
Water is flowing through the new pipes.
All along South Thomas Drive, they’ve installed new pipes underground to carry the drinking water. You may remember them sitting along the side of the road (on the south side, by Laketown Wharf) last summer – they were light green. Well, they’re underground now and carrying all the drinking water for that area.
Prepping for new roads.
In a lot of the areas, they are prepping for the new road ways. You may remember in days past, the South Thomas Drive corridor was a horribly pitted, bumpy roadway. Two lanes of misery, coupled with one of the busiest areas every season made this a difficult road to maintain. The future of this roadway will hold two full traffic lanes, a center turn lane, and a tram lane and sidewalks on both sides. So, there is a considerable amount of widening taking place.
Landscaping to start soon.
There are two ponds with this portion of the CRA – one behind the McDonalds by Wal-Mart, and one right across from Boardwalk next to Alvins Island on South Thomas Drive. Each will begin landscaping treatment in the next couple months. The final product for both of these ponds will be highly amenitized with lighting, sidewalks, seating areas and lush, native vegetation.
The whole project is expected to be complete by this time next year, and over the next couple months, you’ll really start to see things move as much of the underground work is complete. When the project is done, you’ll have no more power lines, you’ll have wide streets, sidewalks and a dedicated tram/bicycle lane. We can’t wait.