The Portage Avenue underpass will be closed eight days longer than expected due to an unforeseen delay in construction.
The underpass originally was to be closed to through traffic for 10 days in order to install piping in the Third and Fifth Street intersections, but that has changed, Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown reported yesterday afternoon.
Initially, town records indicated the presence of a storm sewer manhole in the middle of the Third Street intersection, but further field investigation revealed this was not the case.
As a result, special storm sewer fittings had to be ordered and manufactured.
These fittings are scheduled to arrive at the site next Tuesday (May 25).
Brown noted the contractor has advised the town that upon receipt of these storm sewer fittings, the work can be completed by Saturday, May 29 (weather permitting).
“The Town of Fort Frances apologizes for this eight-day delay in the opening of the underpass to vehicular traffic,” stated a press release from the town.
“The town understands the public frustration over the closures due to the reconstruction of Portage Avenue, including the underpass,” it noted.
“In closing, the Town of Fort Frances would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter as it helps to ensure the project can proceed in a safe and effective manner.”
Previous arrangements with regards to emergency services will continue during this extended closure.
Vehicles accessing the north end of town must continue to use McIrvine Road crossing in the west end.
Pedestrian traffic, however, will continue to have access through the underpass during the construction.