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Final underpass closures slated

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The Portage Avenue underpass will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic twice next week as work gets closer to wrapping up that project.

The first closure will start next Tuesday (Sept. 18) at 7 a.m. and end the following day (Sept. 19) at 7 p.m., Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council Monday evening.

The second closure will see the underpass closed next Thursday and Friday (Sept. 20-21) from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. each day.

The underpass will remain open to pedestrian traffic and emergency vehicles at all times during these closures.

The closures will allow contractor Makkinga Contracting to demolish the existing pump house, grade and place rip-rap material on the embankment, and apply a sealant to the concrete embankment walls.

Brown noted the public might not like the closure, but pointed out this is the first time in three years since the underpass has had to been closed for any extended length of time.

In related news, the replacement of the watermain along King’s Highway, from just east of Daniel Avenue to Pit Road No. 1, is complete, with it having gone “live” as of Sept. 5, said Brown.

The Makkinga Contracting crew has been reinstalling driveways, landscaping ditches, and should have completed the sod work as of yesterday.

Makkinga Contracting also has been replacing fire hydrants around town.

Brown said people should be aware that every time a hydrant is replaced, the town gives residents in that neighbourhood a 24-hour notice before shutting off the water.

But because the contractor works on a 10-day cycle, some people were given notice while they were away on a weekend—and came home on a Monday to find out they didn’t have water service.

As well, after a hydrant is replaced and the water turned on again, a boil-water advisory is put in place until test results are obtained indicating it’s okay to drink the water.

Makkinga Contracting also is working on Eighth Street East between Victoria Avenue and Christie Avenue.

The work so far has included a new storm sewer manhole and storm sewer leads, culverts and ditching, and installing a water service to Hammond’s Nursery, where they’re building a new greenhouse.

The contractor also will be installing a new road bed and asphalt surface, all of which is slated to be completed before the end of September.

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