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Construction work wrapping up

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A batch of six local road and sewer/water infrastructure projects are getting close to completion, and for the most part remain on schedule, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council Monday night.

The season’s major project—the water and sanitary sewer line replacement, new storm sewer installation, and new asphalt on Third Street East between Mowat Avenue and Portage Avenue—should be done sometime this week.

Brown said all the pipes are in the ground, 454 metres of curb and gutter has been put in, 225 sq. metres of sidewalk has been placed, the ‘A’ gravel has been hauled in and put down, and the topsoil has been put in behind the curbs on the boulevards.

Paving began on the road today.

Meanwhile, the watermain has been “looped” and activated on Sixth Street between Portage Avenue and McKenzie Avenue.

This means the water services there now tie into the force main, so the water moves more and it will not stagnate at a “dead end.”

As well, Brown said the stretch of Eighth Street near the new 10-unit apartment complex being built by Wahkaihganun Futures Corp. still has to be surfaced.

New sewer and water services have been installed for a commercial property on McIrvine Road, but the asphalt still needs to be patched.

Osborne Street, between Christie Avenue and Armit Avenue, will be paved with asphalt tomorrow or Friday.

Finally, the watermain at the Shevlin wood yard easement between Nelson Street and Church Street still needs to be “looped.”

Brown said this last project won’t be 100 percent completed until closer to the end of October because the mill has to move some wood from the easement.

With the exception of the watermain between Nelson and Church, all of the above projects should be completed by the Oct. 7 deadline, Brown reported.

In related news, fencing continues to go up around the Fort Frances Airport.

When completed, it will be a 4.9-km long, 2.4-metre high, fixed-knot game fence, complete with two-strand high-tensile wire, to prevent wildlife, especially deer, from getting onto the airport property.

A five-person crew has been working at the airport for four weeks, with Brown saying 95 percent of the poles are up and 1.3 km of the mesh fence has been put up.

By the end of this week, all of the poles and mesh should be installed.

Next week, the work crew will tie up all the mesh, then repair the existing chain-link fence at various points (culverts and ditches).

The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 14.

As previously reported, the town is able to pay for the fence thanks to a grant under Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP).

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