Roadwork continues as fall nears
Water pipe replacements have major impact
The fall season is upon the Friendly City.
Kids are settled back in school and soon the leaves will be changing colours and falling off the trees. But for many Moose Jaw residents one major symbol of summer is still present and having a big impact.
Roadwork can still be seen on many of the city’s streets. For the Moose Jaw and District Food Bank, located at the corner of Fairford Street West and Third Avenue Northwest, work to replace water pipes in the area has had some major effects.
Terri Smith, the manager of the food bank, believes that the intersection has been dug up for close to three months.
“We’ve had the odd day where we had to close early, if we don’t have water we can’t flush toilets, can’t wash hands,” she explained. “It’s not sanitary to keep us open when we don’t have water.”
Smith said the temporary line that is currently supplying the building with water complicates matters further because it has to be hooked up at the start of everyday.
“The owners of building have to come in and they have to open up the door, to hook the water line up,” she said.
Smith said that if the water line was left hooked up all the time people passing by during the night would have access to the building through the basement. Having the streets and sidewalks in the area blocked have also made it hard on the food bank’s clients and people looking to donate, as they have to negotiate road closures and the hoses.
“I think I’ve lost track, at least 20 people have tripped over the lines,” she said. “(We) had a lady fall last week, so we had to call the ambulance, and she was only carrying a small bag.”
Besides concerns about safety, Smith mentioned she has seen lines break over the last few weeks and is concerned about them potentially freezing as temperatures drop. She emphasized she understands the work needs to be done, but just wishes it would get close to wrapping up.
Josh Mickleborough, director of engineering for the City of Moose Jaw, said it is during this time of year when you see work pick up and that he was not concerned that work was still going on.
“There (is) always a bit of a push around this time of year,” he said.
Mickleborough explained that the weather would need to get much colder before temporary water lines would start to freeze. He added that the waterlines that are being replaced are the worst in the city, and what he called “challenges” are to be expected when dealing with such old infrastructure.
When asked about issues surrounding communications, Mickleborough said the city has been in regular contact with the contractors.
“We are responding and have responded to ensure the contractor is communicating,” he said.
Roadwork underway at Fairford Street West and Third Avenue Northwest