Road­work con­tin­ues as fall nears

Wa­ter pipe re­place­ments have ma­jor im­pact

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - NEWS - MICHAEL JOEL-HANSEN

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.

MICHAEL JOEL-HANSEN TIMES-HERALD

Road­work un­der­way at Fair­ford Street West and Third Av­enue North­west

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