Nov 15, 2011: Bank Street Reopens to Rave Reviews
Bank Street merchants got an early Christmas present Tuesday when the last of the construction barriers came down, ending 24 weeks of sewer repair that Glebe residents and merchants have endured since May.
The street was closed all summer for a major reconstruction, part of work that’s been done in phases beginning at the Wellington Street end. Finishing touches are to be done in the spring, but the road is reopening for Christmas shopping and then winter traffic while work shuts down for a few months.
The road has been reopened to traffic within the Glebe for a couple of weeks but several blocks at the north end have stayed closed and it’s been one-way southbound at the south end so it’s been no use to drivers accustomed to using it as an artery to get to and from downtown.
The project cost $22 million, according to the city, and involved multiple crews working on different sections of the street so all the work could get done faster.