Work continues on new Customs facility

After more than a month of construction on the new Canada Customs and Immigration facility here, work continues to be on schedule, Abitibi-Consolidated mill manager Jim Gartshore said Tuesday.
“A lot of the foundation and roadwork is getting done,” he noted. “At this stage, we’re looking at the completion of excavation and getting rid of backfill [old dirt and foundation].”
Work so far has included compacting the parking lot on Portage Avenue and the northern half of the new Veterans Avenue (which will run north of Church Street and west of Portage Avenue).
Workers also have poured footings and concrete walls for the new facility, and foundations for the canopy and columns under which traffic will drive.
“In the next two weeks, you’ll see the rounding off of the curbs and storm sewer construction at Nelson Avenue,” Gartshore noted. “We’re still on schedule, and shooting for the end of the year.”
The new facility, being built to accommodate more traffic, will be located across from the current Ontario Tourism Information Centre on the south side of Church Street.
As part of the work, Mowat Avenue, south of Church Street, and a section of Nelson Street, west of Portage Avenue, have been permanently closed.
Revenue Canada and the mill had signed the final agreement in late June, with construction starting immediately afterwards.