Water Street Project Nearing Completion

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate 100-year-old infrastructure on Water Street is nearing completion with all the underground work on schedule to be complete by June 30. Much of the paving work that is required to complete phase one is weather dependent and some work may continue in July; the City will provide another progress update next week.

“We built incentives and penalties into the contract to expedite the project as much as possible,” said Councillor Dave Lane. “While all underground work is on schedule to be completed by June 30, there is a possibility that paving may continue in to July.”

With Canada Day festivities approaching the contractor is working to re-open the intersection at Water Street and Bishop’s Cove/Adelaide Street by July 1, with barriers and detours removed.

“We understand that this project is an inconvenience for business owners, their employees and visitors to the downtown, which is why the City appointed a dedicated business liaison on site to work with the business community to address their concerns as quickly as possible,” said Dave Lane. “Once the project is complete, we will hold a debrief session with business owners and other impacted stakeholders to discuss lessons learned through phase one to ensure we can apply these learnings to the next phases of the project.”

Some of the major work completed to date includes new: sewer lining; manholes; sanitary sewer pipe; storm sewer pipe; catch basins; and, new traffic infrastructure at the intersection of Queen Street and Water Street.

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