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Road Work Ahead - EIRP Increases Pavement Rehabilitation by $2 Million


May 3, 2012 – Warmer weather has arrived and with it comes the beginning of construction season. There are a number of major construction projects this year, along with smaller public works enhancements. Projects include road and sidewalk rehabilitation, sanitary and storm sewer and water main replacements, bridge work and streetlight renewal. Several projects are already underway.

City Council has approved an Enhanced Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (EIRP) in 2012 with $2 million going towards pavement rehabilitation. Other projects are funded by the City’s Capital Budget and some receive additional funding through the Federal Gas Tax Program. The City’s total Capital infrastructure spending will be $22 million in 2012.

Road work can result in road closures, detours and delays for drivers. Drivers should reduce their speed, be alert, watch for workers and drive with extra care in construction zones.

The following areas are scheduled for road and other major infrastructure work expected to affect traffic from May 3 to June 7, 2012.

Temporary street closures will be in effect:

  • Monday, May 21, from 8 am to noon, May Street from Arthur Street to Donald Street, Arthur Street from Brodie Street to May Street, and a complete street closure from the intersection of Simpson/Arthur/May north along Simpson Street to Fort William Road, to Water Street, to the Marina Park Overpass, then through Marina Park and returning along the same route for the Firefighters’ 10 Mile Road Race.
  • Friday, June 1 from 2 pm to Sunday, June 3 at 6 pm, Waverley Street from Red River Road to Banning Street and Saturday, June 4, from 6 am to 8 pm and Sunday, June 5, from 12:30 pm to
    6 pm, Waverley Street from Banning to Algoma Street will be closed for the George Jeffrey Soap Box Races.

Road Work Ahead:

Sewer & Watermain Work

  • Sewer and watermain replacement is scheduled for Amelia Street from Edward Street to Heath Street. The intersection at Amelia Street and Brown Street will be closed on Monday, May 7.
  • Sewer and watermain replacement is scheduled for Walsh Street from Beaverhall Place to Neebing Avenue.
  • Cast iron watermains on laneways on Rupert Street from John Street to Red River Road; Ray Blvd. from John Street to Red River Road; McKibbon Street from John Street to Red River Road; Begin Street from Leland Avenue to Edward Street; and Ridgeway Street from Leland Avenue to Edward Street will be cleaned and lined.
  • Mercier Street from Hutton Park Drive to John Street will be closed for the installation of a new storm sewer complete with new ditching.
    Bridge Work
  • Rural bridge replacement is scheduled for Government Road at the Neebing River and for Pento Road at the McIntyre River. The existing wood bridges will be replaced with multi plate structures. Please follow posted detour and construction signage.
  • The Paquette Road Bridge is also scheduled for replacement.

Road, Street Lighting & Sidewalk Improvements

  • Road reconstruction is scheduled for North Brodie Street from Northern Avenue to Durban Street.  Local access only. This project will include an eight-day detour of through traffic on Northern Avenue.
  • Culvert installation, ditching, pulverizing and repaving is scheduled for Government Road. Watch for flagman, gravel surfaces and one way traffic areas.
  • Residential mill and paving is scheduled for the following streets: Ashdale Place, Avondale Place, Cherrydale Place, Chestnut Street, Maplewood Street, Oakwood Street, Park Row, Walnut Street, Willow Place, Cuyler Street and Shuniah Street. Local access only as work proceeds.
  • There are several miscellaneous lane repair areas on arterial routes. These include Memorial Avenue, Arthur Street, High Street and Dawson Road. Watch for lane closure signage and workers as the work proceeds
  • Road reconstruction on the perimeter streets surrounding the new Consolidated Courthouse in the South core is expected to proceed in 2012. There will be block to block closures to traffic and parking as the work proceeds. Businesses are open as usual during construction.

The above list includes major, traffic-affecting construction only. Work including sidewalk replacements is also proceeding in residential areas and other areas around the City. The schedule is subject to change. Watch for monthly, updated information on construction work within the City.

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Contact:      Rick Harms, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-3071
                   Brian Newman, Project Engineer – Engineering, 625-2521