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Monday, June 23, 2014

Ottawa Street Enjoying $2.7-Million Upgrade

The Windsor Star/Craig Pearson

Ottawa Street is enjoying a new makeover.

The federal government and the City of Windsor teamed up to make the historic main street a fancy street, thanks to a $2.655-million project.

The streetscaping, started last spring, included road reconstruction and paving between Windermere Road and Pierre Avenue.

“It’s an exceptional improvement,” said Arnie Blaine, president of the Ottawa Street Business Improvement Association, noting that the street hadn’t enjoyed an upgrade in more than 30 years.

“The traffic flow has been noticeably better. It’s a real plus.”

Though the street still needs one last layer of asphalt, the project included widened and sculpted sidewalks, a new water main, new benches and bike racks, and new street poles with energy-efficient LED fixtures.

“A simple streetscaping project like on Ottawa Street has a significant stimulus benefit in terms of revitalizing business, drawing traffic, drawing tourism and drawing pedestrians to the area,” Mayor Eddie Francis said Monday during a press conference on the street. “Ottawa is open for business. It’s a new Ottawa Street. And there’s an opportunity to come down here and experience it anew.”

Infrastructure Canada contributed $1.5 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund, while the City of Windsor paid for the remaining $1.115 million.

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