The reconstruction of Front Street will take longer than expected— 12 days to be exact—due to unavoidable circumstances, Bruce Spottiswood, acting manager of Operations and Facilities, said this morning.
“The original date for completion was July 15,” he noted. “But because of July 1 [with the official opening of Phase II of the La Verendrye Parkway and parade] and several days where it rained, there is a four-day delay,” he noted.
“We also have to replace the broken watermain at Armit Avenue, which is another eight days,” he added.
Front Street is being reconstructed from Victoria Avenue to midblock between Crowe and Mosher.
Currently, much of the street to be worked on is covered with a ‘B’ level of highway design gravel, while the stretch from Victoria Avenue to Armit Avenue has both ‘A’ and ‘B’ grades on it.
Ultimately, said Spottiswood, the road will see 120 mm of asphalt paving on it—twice as much as a normal residential street.
The road work also will include new curbing, as well as patching from Crowe Avenue to Butler Avenue and Butler Avenue to the Sorting Gap Marina.
Spottiswood said the town is asking people to refrain from driving on Front Street, if at all possible, while the work is ongoing.
“It really causes us a lot of hardship down there, especially during the day,” he stressed. “I appreciate that people want to see the parkway, but if they must drive down there, we’d prefer it if it was after 7 p.m.
The cost of the reconstruction and patching, which has been contracted out to George Armstrong Co. Ltd., is $609,017.25, including taxes.
In related news, the stretch of Front Street between Minnie and Butler will be closed to through traffic starting from 8 a.m. on Friday, July 18 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 28 due to the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Champion-ship.
Scott Street is to be used as the alternate route for truck traffic during this period.
Heavy truck traffic to and from the weigh scales at the Shevlin wood yard, local traffic to and from residences with access to the closed street, and traffic destined for the Sorting Gap Marina to use the boat ramp there are not affected by this closure.