Orange construction signs are popping up all over town as contractors work to resurface roads, replace sewer mains, and begin waterfront development all at the same time.
“All the contracts we hired are just getting started. We have multiple projects on the go now,” Raymond Roy, the town’s superintendent of operations, said Thursday morning.
A portion of Portage Avenue north of the subway is closed as crews are replacing a sewer main between Fifth and Sixth Streets. Roy estimated the work could take up to two weeks to complete.
“People will find the road closed during the day due to construction but at night it will be open to single lane traffic,” he noted.
Once this project is complete, crews will move to the 1000 block of Victoria Avenue to replace a sewer main there. Roy estimated it only would take a week to finish up that job.
Meanwhile, several crews are working to resurface streets throughout Fort Frances on Thursday.
Work is occurring on Eighth Street between Williams Avenue and Mill Road and on Pit Road #1 between Emo Road and King’s Highway.
Sixth Street East between Crowe and Frenette, and Eighth Street East between Portage and York, also are getting a new coat of pavement today.
“We ask the public to be careful of all the construction out there right now,” Roy urged.
He hoped all of the resurfacing, sewer main replacements, and other projects will be wrapped up by the end of the month.
But with the next stage of the La Verendrye Parkway development about to begin, the sights and sounds of construction will be around here for a while.