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Downing Plaza reconstruction project set to kick-off next week

August 17, 2015

MONCTON – At Monday evening's regular public session, Moncton City Council awarded the tender contract to begin work on the Downing Plaza reconstruction project, a legacy of the city's 125th anniversary. 

"The project, valued at $3.3 million over 2 years (2015-2016), was chosen due to the street’s historical importance in the community's early years, and to help achieve key objectives in downtown revitalization, including re-establishing a proper link from downtown to the Petitcodiac River. Public support for this project has been strong, and I'm pleased to see this come to fruition," said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. "I have no doubt that the new Downing Street will be a catalyst for development in the heart of our great city."

Federal funding in support of the project was announced in January 2015 by MP Robert Goguen (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), for a total of $500,000 through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program (BCAH), under the Legacy Fund component. The construction set to start over the next two weeks will launch Phase 1, during which the connection between Main Street (across from City Hall) and Assomption Boulevard will be created. 

Between August and November 2015, the following work will be completed:
Step 1:
Reconfiguring of Blue Cross parking lot entrance (onto Assomption Boulevard)
Opening the median in the centre of Assomption Boulevard to improve traffic flow

Step 2 (proactive measures to improve services and facilitate development in this new zone):
Extension and upsizing of sanitary sewer 
Installation of municipal services (water, sanitary, storm)
Underground electrical upgrades (by NB Power)

Step 3:
Importing fill to raise elevation of the street (by approximately 7 feet at some points)
Installation of gravels
Install recycled asphalt (temporary)

Then, between April and July 2016, the project will wrap up with the following work:
Removal of the recycled asphalt
Installation of concrete slab
Installation of granite curb and paver stones
Installation of decorative lights, benches and trees.

Extensive public consultation with various stakeholders took place in 2014, which helped created a long-term vision for this downtown zone, based on key concepts: Art and Storytelling, Downtown (business), Events, and Sustainability. 

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Nicole O. Melanson
Communications, City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca