King’s Highway work slightly behind schedule

The reconstruction of King’s Highway from McDonald’s Restaurant to Daniel Avenue continues, with work on the stretch between Keating Avenue and Holmes Avenue to start in the next two weeks.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said Monday that Bay City Co. Ltd. and its subcontractors “lost some time because of the rain,” which he estimated to be about 10 days.
But Brown added they have completed all the underground work (replacing watermains, and installing sewer and water lines) and soon will begin sidewalk and curbing work.
Brown added he expect crews will be putting down one layer of asphalt in one-two weeks.
But the highway work won’t stop there. Brown said the town has received funding from the province to start Phase II of the project, which mean motorists will see work starting sometime in the next two weeks on the stretch from Keating Avenue to 30 metres east of Holmes Avenue.
Like Phase 1 of the project, which was started last summer, the job will consist of re-surfacing and widening the highway, giving it new curbs and gutters, and replacing watermains.
The town put up signage from Keating Avenue to Pit Road #2 to re-route traffic either coming from—or bound for—the U.S. border during Phase I of the construction.
But Brown said the town still is determining a plan to re-route tourist traffic for this next stretch of the highway work, noting it’s been rare to see border line-ups extend as far west as Holmes Avenue this summer.
The Phase II work should be done by late August or early September.
Like in Phase I, motorists still will be able to access the restaurants, stores, motels, other businesses, and residences along King’s Highway while the work is going on, but the flow will be reduced to one lane when necessary, added Brown.