It's the day many in the west end of the city have been waiting for as Phase II of the $36.5 million Hyde Park Road reconstruction project officially ended Saturday.

The re-opening of the roadway took place after the Santa Claus parade Saturday morning.

All four lanes are now open between Oxford Street and Sarnia Rd.

Among the upgrades:

  • adding storm and sanitary sewers, including private drain connections where requested
  • adding a new stormwater management facility
  • re-aligning the intersection of Sarnia Road and Hyde Park Road
  • widening the existing CN Rail overpass bridge to four lanes, including bridge rehabilitation
  • widening Hyde Park Road to four lanes
  • urbanizing Hyde Park Road to include curb and gutter, median planter boxes, sidewalks, bike lanes and streetlight

"We’re pleased to be able to reopen this vital artery this fall," says John Braam, Managing Director of Environmental and Engineering Services and City Engineer in a city of London news release. “These enhancements will make Hyde Park Road a much more efficient transportation corridor for many Londoners’ daily commute."

Remaining work to be completed over the coming months includes noise wall extension, streetlight and traffic signal work.

Construction originally began in 2014.