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Overpass to close for repairs

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The overpass on Colonization Road East will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 9 a.m. next Tuesday (Sept. 4) so needed repairs can be done to the south-side expansion joint.

To repair it, workers must drill holes in the angle iron, put in grease nipple jerks, and pump epoxy grout in between the angle iron and the concrete because it has lost its bond.

This will re-bond the angle iron and the concrete so there is no longer “that big bump,” Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told town council at Monday night’s regular meeting.

But since the epoxy grout needs time to cure, the overpass will be shut down for two-and-a-half days, he added.

During the temporary closure, westbound traffic will follow a detour onto Eighth Street, Williams Avenue, and Fifth Street East.

Eastbound traffic will use a detour via Calder Drive and Lake Road.

Signage will be set up during the repair period.

Brown noted emergency vehicles will be able to get through at all times, and that pedestrians and cyclists also will be able to use the overpass.

Underpass work

Meanwhile, the Portage Avenue underpass project is cruising along, with all of the platform and handrails installed, all of the electrical wiring done, and all of the concrete work complete.

This week, Busch’s is fabricating the piping that will go inside the new storm sewer pump.

Still, the underpass will need to be temporarily closed for three days during the week of Sept. 10, noted Brown.

At that time, the old pumphouse will be demolished, the slope graded, and the concrete retaining walls will be sealed.

In other news, the watermain replacement job on King’s Highway also is moving along.

A total of 428 metres of 10-inch watermain has been installed, and eight houses and one hydrant have been tied into the system.

Landscaping work continued this week, and culverts are being put back in.

Water has been chlorinated and sampled, and hopefully the watermain will be in service next week.

Makkinga Contracting, which has been doing the watermain work, next will turn its attention to the installation of a new road bed and asphalt surface, as well as storm sewer ditching, on Eighth Street East between Victoria Avenue and Christie Avenue.

This work probably will start late next week.

Over at Riverview Cemetery, Ed Kaun & Sons has started work on the town maintenance garage.

And at the Civic Centre, Honeywell has been doing energy retrofit work, removing asbestos from the old boiler, moving the old boiler, and replacing it with a new one.

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