Phase II of highway work now underway

Work has begun on the stretch of King’s Highway from Keating Avenue to 30 metres east of Holmes Avenue to kick off Phase II of the $900,000 “Connecting Link” project.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown said Thursday that workers started installing a new watermain this week.
That’s just one part of the extensive work, which also includes re-surfacing and widening the highway, giving it new curbs and gutters, and replacing storm sewers, that will be ongoing until the end of October.
Brown knows the work undoubtedly will inconvenience some, but has vowed to get the underground work done and the road covered with gravel at the Keating Avenue intersection before school starts Aug. 30 so children can cross the road there.
Still, he is asking that traffic to both J.W. Walker and St. Francis schools use routes other than King’s Highway to reduce the traffic volume at that intersection.
Motorists still will be able to access businesses and residences along that stretch of King’s Highway while the construction work is going on, although traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction, added Brown.
Construction will cease during the Labour Day long weekend so as not to compound any potential long line-ups to the border.
Ninety percent ($630,000) of the Phase II project is being paid for by the province, with the other 10 percent from the town.
The town also is paying an additional $200,000 to do the underground work (i.e., replacing the watermains and storm sewers).