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End of highway project nearing

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The reconstruction of King’s Highway is nearly complete, with the town hoping that paving will take place this weekend.

Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown told council last night that Bay City Contractors completed three watermain tie-ins yesterday, with one more scheduled for today.

Once that’s done, in conjunction with a hydrant installation being done at Holmes Avenue and Riverview Drive, the watermain will go “live.”

The geogrid then will be installed and granular materials placed at the watermain tie-in locations.

Meanwhile, a concrete island at the intersection of King’s Highway and First Street East will be formed today and poured tomorrow.

Subcontractor Pioneer will be here near the end of the week, with Brown saying Saturday and Sunday look like ideal weather conditions for paving.

“Hopefully, everything gets wrapped up and the following week, we got King’s Highway open for the wintertime,” he remarked.

Another infrastructure project—this one on Nelson Street—has wrapped up for now.

All of the sewer pipe is in the ground and the watermain went “live” last week.

All of the granular ‘B’ material has been installed and will be tested today.

The concrete curb will be poured later this week, then the granular ‘A’ material will be put down.

For this winter, the intersection of Nelson Street and Butler Avenue will be paved.

But Nelson Street between Butler and the wood yard will remain unpaved until next spring.

“We want to make sure that all the work that’s done is going to work as planned,” Brown explained.

Meanwhile, all of the work at the new sand/salt storage shed is complete, but some work still has to be done at the new recycle transfer station.

The town’s IT person is working with recycling company Metro to set up a wireless activation system.

As well, fabrication work is being finished up at the recycling compactor to be used by the truck which does curbside pick-up.

Once everything is up and running, Public Works will have an employee at the drop-off site for five days to help the public get used to the new system.

It will see people putting their recyclables into the new compactor unit and not the bins that currently are there.

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