Newington streets slated for $1.65-million overhaul

Newington's Fairground Drive was already looking ratty in this 2013 Google Maps Streetview image. It's one of two Newington streets due for a complete overhaul later this year.

SOUTH STORMONT — Newington can look forward to fresh asphalt and new sidewalks this year, but the work won’t interfere with the Stormont County Fair, assures the local municipality’s director of public works, Ross Gellately.

South Stormont Township received approval this week for a $1.48-million Ontario Community Infrastructure grant to reconstruct Fairground Drive and Cedar Street in the rural village. The $1,480,394 sum represents 90 percent of the value of the planned project — with municipal taxpayers picking up the balance.

That puts the total price tag of Newington’s upcoming improvements in the range of $1.65-million, depending on final tenders. South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft has suggested the figure will be closer to $1.7-million.

Gellately says the involved streets will be rebuilt and re-paved with asphalt, and their sidewalks re-poured in concrete. That includes the existing asphalt sidewalk along Fairground Drive.

A culvert on Fly Creek will also be realigned and replaced at an estimated $350,000.

“It’s great news for South Stormont,” Gellately says, describing the upgrades as “much needed.”

He adds his department will be “cognizant” of scheduling the work so as not to interfere with this year’s fair.

Held in Newington, the 2018 Stormont County Fair is slated Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

The mayor says he hopes to see the job go out to tender early this spring and completed before the fair begins. “Newington is finally getting some positive news,” says Bancroft, who points out the adjacent county road was also repaved only a couple of years ago. The latest project will leave just one more street awaiting a rebuild in Newington. “We’ll see what we can do with that next year,” the mayor adds.

This article was edited to add comments from Mayor Jim Bancroft.



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