Progress being made on local infrastructure

Sam Odrowski

Construction along Second Street East is continuing to progress well with all water main, sanitary sewer main, and related sewer and water services now installed.
But testing of the water main still needs to be done before it can be put back into service, according to Operations and Facilities manager Travis Rob.
He said roadway granular materials have been installed from Portage Avenue eastward to the Victoria Avenue intersection.
The storm sewer mains and catch basin laterals have also been installed east of Portage Avenue, tying into the Portage Avenue intersection and west of Victoria Avenue.
“Currently, the contractor is working into the Victoria Avenue intersection completing the storm sewer work and tying it back into the existing mains within that area,” Rob noted at Monday night’s council meeting.
“Work will begin on the preparations for sidewalk and curb and gutter once the remaining storm sewer works are complete.”
The Second Street project is slated for completion around the middle of October.
Meanwhile, work at Erin Crescent has begun with Bay City Contractors already digging test holes to determine the best method for construction for sanitary and water infrastructure.
With respect to traffic control installations, Rob said new traffic controllers were installed at the intersections of Second and Portage, Mowatt and Scott, Portage and Scott, and Victoria and Scott from Aug. 20-21.
“The new pedestrian buttons that were previously installed are now fully functional,” he noted.
“Just a reminder for the public that in order to initiate a change in the pedestrian signal, you must push the pedestrian button,” Rob added.
“This is a requirement under the accessibility act and a change that will be coming throughout all our intersections as we did through the update of the traffic signal controllers.”
Another additional change that’s in accordance with the Accessibility Act is a modification to pedestrian signal time which is meant to aid in pedestrian safety.
“Overall, the time to cross the street has not changed from what it was prior to the installations,” Rob said.
Meanwhile, the community pool at the Memorial Sports Centre has reopened after a summer of work which included repainting the pool bottom, replacing the sound barrier within the pool area, and replacing the pool doors and windows.
“Everything’s up and running well with the lighting retrofit still to be completed in the coming weeks which will be done around the operational schedule within the pool,” Rob noted.
In regards to 2019 zoom camera inspections of the town’s storm and sewer infrastructure around town, Infratech Services from Sudbury will be conducting them starting today (Sept. 11).
“It’s anticipated that they will be in town for about a week doing this work,” Rob said.
“I’m not anticipating any interruptions to traffic or any impacts to the residents, however, you may see some additional vehicles doing some work on our infrastructure.”
Meanwhile, Mayor June Caul stressed the high costs associated with road replacements at Monday night’s council meeting.
She said town residents often are upset because their road is in rough condition but noted that the town’s focus is on roads that not only need resurfacing but replacements or repairs to the infrastructure underneath as well.
“The water and sewer and storm sewer need to be looked at in great detail as well,” Mayor Caul remarked.
“If you want to take a look at what condition some of our infrastructure is in, take a look just off the corner of Portage and Second Street and take a look at the pipes that were pulled out of the street there.”
“It would make you understand a little bit better how desperate we are to try to find enough money to do as much work as we possibly can,” she added.
The town currently has approximately 5.7 kilometres of underground infrastructure in need of replacement, which costs roughly $32.4 million in total to replace.