Owen Sound's Downtown River Precinct projects remains on schedule and on budget, according to the city's director of public works and engineering.
Dennis Kefalas provided a progress update on the $2.93-million project at Monday's city council meeting and says it is on track for substantial completion by the end of August.
The revamp for an area of downtown near City Hall and the Farmer's Market is seeing 1st Avenue East undergo major reconstruction between 8th Street and 9th Street. It includes the re-alignment of 1st Avenue East from the west side of the Farmer's Market building to the east side, while traffic will be converted to one-way southbound.
In addition to the road reconstruction, the river precinct project will also see city hall's parking lot re-done, the market square and river promenade hardscaped, a new sidewalk on east side of road, the replace of market building canopy, drainage/stormwater improvements and several landscaping features installed along the riverbank.
Kefalas says almost all of the underground work is complete and the last section of the former pavilion near the Farmer's Market has been removed.
He notes crews will begin concrete work in the coming weeks.
The colour scheme for the new pavilion has also been selected. Kefalas says it will feature a chrome green steel roof, sandy beige siding, as well as black doors, windows and trim.
Installation of the new pavilion is expected to commence June 24, Kefalas notes.
Kefalas adds the project remains on time and on budget.
Substantial completion is Aug. 31, but some landscaping work such as tree planting and sun shade installation is expected to take place past that date.