Drivers around town are no doubt aware that construction has started on King Street.

"The construction for the King Street Rehabilitation," explained City Engineer, Kiflom Weldeab, "has started yesterday. That will take about six weeks, to the end of July, weather permitting."

"Construction will be a total rebuild of the road and we will be widening it starting at Pine all the way to Kensington."

King Street received an upgrade during last summer as well.

"Last year's project was mainly to resolve the bottleneck issue at Bannatyne and King. That was resolved and we widened the road up to Pine."

King June 26.jpgDetour signs are posted in the area. Drivers are asked to please watch their speed.Detour signs are set up for drivers in the area.

"People travelling on the southside will have to go on Petterson and join to Rooney and then to Kensington. People driving westbound will go up Bannatyne and then go on one of the collecting roads."

There are a few businesses that will be affected during construction.

"It will be somewhat inconvenient because the main route is closed right now but people will be able to get into Tim Hortons and the gas bar through Spruce Drive. And the mall of course, through Bannatyne and Petterson."

This is not the end of the planned construction for King Street.

"It will have to go through council and council will have to approve it, however, we would love to do a road rehab for King Street and a water main replacement at Cundal and then to Hudson through the valley. That would mean replacing the water main and resurfacing the roadway."

He added that worker safety is a priority for the City and they are taking precautions.

"When a site is closed for construction, that means no access for pedestrians and of course, for vehicles as well. We recommend that people don't go into construction sites and that will make our job and the contractor's job easier."

READ MORE: King Street Construction to Start on Monday, June 25th

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