Upcoming maintenance work to the railroad tracks will force the closure of Victoria Avenue in Beaverton for a good part of the day Thursday (April 26).
CN posted a sign announcing the work in the middle of last week, prompting several residents to voice concerns on social media.
Ward 2 Councillor Cyndi Schaffer noted that it wasn’t just residents that were caught off-guard.
“We (council and Township staff) found out about it when the sign went up,” she said.
“Staff have worked diligently with CN Rail to ensure as little disruption as possible for residents. This is work that has to be done on tracks and we don’t control that part of the road.”
The Township released a letter that was distributed to homes in the Ethel Park subdivision — which can only be accessed by Victoria Avenue — Thursday and Friday (April 19 and 20).
It advises that emergency services will be provided throughout the project, though the road will otherwise be closed to traffic.
“This work will include the restoration of the crossing and will require a temporary closure of the road. The Corporation of the Township of Brock is coordinating with CN to ensure there is as minimal interruption to your daily schedule as possible,” the letter reads.
“Please note that during the hours of 4 a.m. and 12 p.m. on April 26, no vehicular traffic will be able to pass over the crossing, except in the case of an emergency and that transporting over the rail line during the proposed road closure for persons with disabilities will not be possible.”
During the closure, the Township and CN have made some arrangements that make it easier for residents to access their properties, the letter notes.
- CN will make its yard at 180 King Street available to residents for parking purposes all day on April 25 and April 26;
- A shuttle service provided by the Township will be available from the CN yard to homes beginning at 2 p.m. on April 25 until the road is reopened;
- Once the closure is in place, the Township will provide a shuttle service from your residence to a location where residents will be able to “safely cross over CN’s tracks by foot” to the CN yard. The shuttle vehicle will be a Township crew-cab pickup truck which is not accessible, the letter notes.
If you need a ride during the closure, contact Township of Brock staff directly at 705-879-5023.
CN is also planning additional work in the Beaverton area between April 25 and May 2 including Concession 2 Thorah, Maple Beach Road, Main Street and Alsop’s Beach.