Town of Essex Working with Harrow Businesses as Streetscape Project Continues
With the Harrow Streetscape Project rolling along, the Town of Essex continues to work with residents and local business owners to mitigate the impact of the ongoing construction.
The project, which represents a more than $5 million investment into the downtown core of Harrow, includes new roads, significant upgrades of storm sewer and watermain infrastructure, as well as the addition of urban design improvements and a variety of streetscape elements including AODA-compliant sidewalks/crosswalks, curbs, bicycle racks, landscape treatments and plantings, and new street lighting.
Throughout construction all businesses remain open. Residents and visitors are reminded to follow signage and directions provided by construction workers. Signage and detour routes are posted on roads coming into Harrow.
To help minimize impacts to local businesses, the Town’s Manager of Capital Works, Richard Beausoleil, has hand-delivered construction notices to businesses and nearby homes, and continue to meet one-on-one with business owners to hear their concerns and discuss solutions.
Tammy Affleck, President of the Harrow & Colchester South Chamber of Commerce, met with Beausoleil early on in the construction phase to discuss potential impacts.
“This is a project that was started a number of years ago and I’d like to thank everyone who worked on the development of this vision,” Affleck said. “It will be a challenging time as we go through the construction phase but it will be a refresh for our downtown which is long overdue and will help us become the destination that we want to be. As construction continues, I’d ask that everyone support our local businesses and show patience with construction workers.”
In May, the Town launched the #HarrowStreetscape Special, a social-media campaign to highlight Harrow businesses and promote the importance of supporting local.
As with all construction projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors and Town of Essex staff will follow all mandated guidelines for construction sites. All residents are asked to follow physical distancing practices for their safety. Concerns or questions regarding the construction can be directed to the project contacts.