After three years of planning and property acquisitions, Fort William Historical Park is now ready to move ahead with a new access road off Broadway Avenue.
The need for a secondary road became apparent during the 2006 Rock the Fort festival. Crowds of 10,000 or more caused major traffic jams coming in and out of the fort and the event has not been held since.
In 2009, the province announced $8 million for infrastructure improvements at the fort, including a new access road. The Fort purchased two properties off Broadway Avenue late last year and recently demolished the structures on them. Ed Cameron with the engineering firm SNC Lavalin is heading up the project for the Fort.
Cameron says the next step is designing the route for the new roadway, and then consulting with the surrounding neighbourhood.
Construction is expected to begin near the end of this year and be completed by March of 2013.