Lorne Street project continues to proceed on schedule
Paving of first section expected to get underway within three weeks
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.
Work on the Lorne Street makeover is proceeding as scheduled with paving of the first section expected to get underway in a few weeks.