Lorne Street project con­tin­ues to pro­ceed on sched­ule

Paving of first sec­tion ex­pected to get un­der­way within three weeks

Sackville Tribune - - COVER STORY - STAFF RE­PORTER

Work on the mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar makeover of Lorne Street is con­tin­u­ing to move ahead at a steady pace and is an­tic­i­pated to be on sched­ule and on bud­get when the first phase of the project is com­pleted later this fall.

“We’re pro­gress­ing well,” said town en­gi­neer Dwayne Ac­ton.

Ac­ton said Mother Na­ture has cer­tainly been on our side this con­struc­tion sea­son, with only a hand­ful of days lost to rain since the project got un­der way the first week of June.

“The weather has been more than co-op­er­a­tive this sum­mer,” he said.

All of the un­der­ground in­fra­struc­ture — which in­cludes new sewer, wa­ter and storm lines — has been in­stalled as of ear­lier this week along the en­tire length of Lorne Street, from Bridge Street over to Queens Road.

New curbs, gut­ters and side­walks are in the process of be­ing laid along the first sec­tion, from Bridge Street to Al­li­son Av­enue, and the road has been re­built from the base up with shale and gravel and is await­ing paving.

“We’re about three weeks away from get­ting as­phalt on the first half,” said Ac­ton.

Work will con­tinue over the next cou­ple of weeks on re­build­ing the sec­ond sec­tion, from Al­li­son over to Queens, as well as fin­ish­ing the curb, gut­ters and side­walks there, he said.

From there, the paving will take place fol­lowed up by the fin­ish­ing touches — such as top soil­ing, seed­ing and other “cos­metic stuff.”

At the same time as Bowser Con­struc­tion has been do­ing its work on Lorne, Dex­ter Con­struc­tion and Beal & Inch have also con­tin­ued to move ahead with their por­tion of the con­tract — which in­cludes work on the ad­join­ing St. James Street, in­clud­ing ditch­ing, in­stalling a new trunk sewer main through the marsh area, as well as street and in­fra­struc­ture up­grades.

“They’re pro­gress­ing very well there,” said Ac­ton, not­ing that St. James is about a month away from com­ple­tion.

The main trunk sewer is all in and now the con­trac­tors will fo­cus on in­stalling the new wa­ter and sewer lines from Lorne to Ben­nett Av­enue and “build the road up as they go.”

The job has been done this sum­mer in sev­eral sec­tions, said Ac­ton, to help ease the traf­fic dis­rup­tion as much as pos­si­ble and to make it eas­ier for busi­nesses in that area of town.

He said the project has been a huge un­der­tak­ing but he is pleased with how smooth the work has gone over the sum­mer.

“Given the size of the job, there were no ma­jor un­knowns along the way,”

All of this on­go­ing work, which falls un­der phase one of the Lorne Street project, is ex­pected to be wrapped up by mid- to late Novem­ber.

“We’re ex­cited to see the end re­sult and for the road to get back open to the pub­lic,” said Ac­ton.

The sec­ond phase, which will in­clude the in­stal­la­tion of new retention ponds and a new aboiteau struc­ture, will get un­der­way this win­ter. Th­ese mea­sures are all part of the stormwa­ter mit­i­ga­tion ef­forts to help ease the flood­ing is­sues in that area of town. This phase is still pend­ing town coun­cil’s fi­nal ap­proval on the de­sign and an En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact Assess­ment by the prov­ince.

SCOTT DO­HERTY – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE-POST

Work on the Lorne Street makeover is pro­ceed­ing as sched­uled with paving of the first sec­tion ex­pected to get un­der­way in a few weeks.

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