Businesses remain open on Huntsville’s King William Street despite ‘rolling’ road closures

Businesses remain open on Huntsville’s King William Street despite ‘rolling’ road closures
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HUNTSVILLE — Road closures weren’t part of the initial plan, but have become necessary as construction on King William Street continues, says the District of Muskoka.

“Although full road closures were not originally anticipated as part of this project, complicated underground utility infrastructure was discovered in the previous phase,” said Mark Misko, director of transportation and engineering for the District of Muskoka. “Damaging these utilities would interrupt connectivity to businesses and residences, so in order to avoid these disruptions, there were some delays to move successfully through this area.”

But, said the district, the closures were only meant to reroute through traffic.

People looking to access businesses in the construction area could still do so via King William Street, stated the district.

Construction to replace underground pipes and other infrastructure started in July 2019.

Early estimates predicted work would be complete by November 2019.

But as crews unearthed the underground utilities and lines, complications became apparent. Delays ensued.

The COVID-19 crisis caused further delays.

A completion date was not yet known.

Misko said construction now continues to move forward.

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