HAMILTON, ONT. — The City of Hamilton and Coco Paving Inc. have been awarded the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) award for Project of the Year in the Transportation $2 to $10 million category.
The project was recognized for its “complete streets” strategy, construction management techniques and reconstruction of the district in just one construction season, stated a recent release.
The Locke Street project included road reconstruction, with new curbs, bump outs, street furniture and urban trees. Underground improvements included new 500-millimetre and 200-millimetre watermain and sewer linings, selected as the most environmentally friendly and timely option, and less disruptive to the community than other methods.
Complete streets concepts were used in the redesign of Locke Street including wider sidewalks, urban braille, traffic calming measures, cycling options and increased parking.
Award winners were announced during the OPWA awards virtual ceremony on Jan. 21. The project was also recognized for its approach in engaging with the Locke Street Business Improvement Area, local stakeholders and community groups.
The Locke Street reconstruction project began in March 2019 and wrapped up in November 2019.
Complete streets is a transportation policy and design approach that places emphasis on accessibility and comfortable travel for pedestrians, motorists and cyclists of all abilities through strategic planning, design and construction.
The OPWA Project of the Year is awarded across four divisions based on project cost, from five categories including structures, transportation, environment, historical restoration and emergency construction/repair.