Brampton is a rapidly growing city, and it has a lot on the go in terms of infrastructure projects. Here are five major projects expected for completion in 2018.
Gore Meadows is poised to get an 80,000 square foot of space added to the existing facility. It will include a pool, a gym, an outdoor covered skating rink — the first of its kind in Brampton — and an indoor track. The project has had setbacks: it was initially supposed to come to a close in 2016. It’s now expected to be completed before the end of winter.
The much-anticipated Springdale Library has had a major delays, but the end is in sight — the library should open in the next month. Located at the corner of Bramalea Road and Dewside Drive, the open-concept facility will have 20,00 square feet of dedicated library space and 5,000 square feet of multi-purpose community rooms. Its unique design and floor-to-ceiling windows are already catching attention from the outside. The $17-million project will bring a much-needed library to North Brampton.
Adding rapid transit Züm buses to Airport Road was originally proposed in 2014. The route would divert the 505 Züm line off Humberwest Parkway onto Airport Road, potentially traveling all the way to the airport. Brampton Transit has suggested four different endpoints for the route and wants the public’s input. So long as funding is granted by the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, buses should be on the route this year.
Brampton is getting a massive new park, second only in size to Chinguacousy Park and it will be fully accessible. The Creditview Activity Hub is the first of its kind in the city and will include play structures that are fully accessible based on the Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA). The $3.1-million facility should be completed in the spring and will be on the grounds of the 100-acre park taking shape at Creditview Road and Sandalwood Parkway.
Two new lanes just opened on the 410 back in the fall after months of construction. It hasn’t really put a dent in traffic on the highway leading in and out of the city due to the sheer amount of population growth that’s happened over the past few years. But two more lanes are expected to open this year in September. We’ll just have to wait and see whether it makes any difference in the commuter traffic lots of people often find themselves trapped in.