Ex­pect traf­fic de­lays

Wa­ter and sewer up­grades in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY BUR­TON K. JANES

Mo­torists trav­el­ling the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way through Bay Roberts are go­ing to need a large mea­sure of pa­tience in the weeks ahead. Traf­fic snarls will be the or­der of the day as con­struc­tion work­ers up­grade the town’s wa­ter and sewer sys­tem.

“It’s the price of growth, a nec­es­sary evil in mov­ing for­ward,” said Nigel Black, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer with the town.

The four-part con­tract calls for the in­stal­la­tion of a lift sta­tion, force sewer main, grav­ity sewer main and out­fall.

“ The town had a wa­ter and sewer study done by our en­gi­neers, iden­ti­fy­ing the weak spots of our sys­tem,” Black added.

The cur­rent lift sta­tion, lo­cated on the outer sec­tion of Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot, is get­ting over­loaded.

Up­grades are needed be­cause of brisk growth in the area and the de­sign of the sys­tem al­ready in place, Black ex­plained.

“It’s been a point that chokes off the sys­tem,” he said.

“At the in­ter­sec­tion of Wa­ter Street and the Con­cep­tion Bay High­way, at Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot, we’re putting in a big­ger lift sta­tion to han­dle the ad­di­tional flow of the sewer,” Black ex­plained.

“From there, it’s pumped up, via a force main, along the High­way through Track Road and over Sta­tion Road, where it be­comes a grav­ity flow sys­tem and flows down be­hind the lots near Bayshore Es­tates and out to the out­fall at Arney’s Pond.”

The project, which could stretch into 2011, was ten­dered to New­found Con­struc­tion Ltd. It is val­ued at $3,387,332 and is be­ing cost shared by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, prov­ince and fed­eral govern­ment.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this con­tract, the sys­tem along the high­way, from Pow­ell’s to Mor­row and Mor­row Law Of­fice, will also be up­graded.

“ There’s cer­tainly go­ing to be some lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges,” Black ad­mit­ted. “ Traf­fic flow will be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced. So pa­tience is def­i­nitely go­ing to be re­quired.”

Nigel Black, chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer with the Town of Bay Roberts, is warn­ing of traf­fic de­lays dur­ing wa­ter and sewer up­grades.

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