Beckwith Street Revitalization
Phase One Completion
Phase One of the Beckwith Street Revitalization in Smiths Falls was completed in November 2020. Watch the video below as Mayor Shawn Pankow, staff, and members of the community reflect on the project and the phenomenal improvements it has brought to the downtown core. The project saw the complete redevelopment of the Beckwith Street streetscape, and introduced new accessibility features and a dedicated bike lane. Thank you to all who contributed to this project’s successful completion.
For a year-end financial update on Phase One of the Beckwith Street Revitalization that was presented to Council on Jan. 25, 2021, please click here: Beckwith Street Phase 1 Renewal – Year End Update
The Beckwith Street Revitalization project includes the replacement of turn of the century water and sewer infrastructure along with the separation of combined sewer systems. The underground program also includes the construction of a newly separated storm drainage trunk system.
The above ground reconstruction component will include full depth reconstruction of three travel lanes, two parallel parking lanes, three new traffic signal replacements meeting Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) accessibility standards, a new pedestrian cross-over, newly upgraded LED street lighting, sidewalks and various streetscape features. The street will also be adding a newly configured cycle-track (fully separated) meeting the objectives for a complete street design.
Phase 1 of the project will include the complete reconstruction of approximately 320m of the connecting link between Chambers Street and Russell Street within the community’s downtown core. The south limit of the project will commence at the Stone Arch Bridge (Rideau River) and will extend northerly to a point approximately 20m north of the intersection of Russell Street.
For the fall construction period, Beckwith Street will be open for southbound traffic. All other northbound traffic flowing across the bridge will be detoured onto Chambers Street and ultimately to Elmsley Street. Additional detours will be in place for Jasper Avenue, Old Slys Road and Queen Street to accommodate large commercial truck traffic heading northbound.