On July 29 Somerset Street was reopened under the new Chinatown Royal Arch, after a two month closure to vehicles. The No 2 bus route resumed passage through Chinatown.
The sidewalks have been relaid and provide a more comfortable and direct route for pedestrians again.
The scaffolding remains around the Arch for the use of the painters coming from China who will apply 17 coats of paint to the make the arch more colourful.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks further west on Somerset, construction has started for the new utilities and streetscaping. Major work will be completed this fall, but landscaping won’t be completed until fall 2011. We can expect some further blockage of the street both this year and for about two months in 2011.