Residents encouraged to offer ideas on redevelopment of Bridge Street

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Residents are encouraged to share their views on how they would like to see downtown Bridge Street developed in the future.

The town is asking residents to participate in a short survey and provide their input and ideas into the potential redevelopment of the downtown thoroughfare.

Jamie Burke, Sackville’s senior manager of corporate projects, said town council and staff are looking forward to hearing from citizens and downtown stakeholders through this survey.

So far, said Burke, more than 150 surveys have already been completed, which is “really encouraging.”

“We are really grateful for the feedback and appreciate the comments,” he said. “We were hoping for a significant amount of input and we’re certainly getting it.”

The survey is a follow-up to the recent public consultation session on the proposed makeover, which brought out more than 100 people to listen to a presentation on the potential transformation of Bridge Street and what it would entail. Burke said there was plenty of discussion generated from the meeting.

“There were certain issues that came out of that (consultation session) that were important to the redesign . . . so we hope this survey will help us make decisions on some of those issues,” he said.

The proposal, which is essentially a makeover of downtown Bridge Street, would include a total reconstruction of the roadway – including installing new water and sewer mains that would replace the aging infrastructure that was put in in the 1930s and a much-needed re-paving.

The project also recommends removing the power poles along that street and burying the lines underground. As well, it also includes a number of aesthetic improvements designed to make the corridor a more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly street. The estimated cost for the project is set at between $1.15 million and $1.35 million.

The survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/s/77CRZBS.

Comments can also be submitted via e-mail to j.burke@sackville.com.

Burke said there is no set deadline as to how long the survey will be posted, but the town will continue to gauge the level of interest it is drawing and determine how long to keep it available based on that.

Geographic location: Bridge Street

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