Traffic disruptions continue in Bay Roberts
Town commends motorists for patience, understanding
Motorists can expect many more weeks of delays and bumpy roads in Bay Roberts as work continues on a major infrastructure project along the Conception Bay Highway, the main four-lane artery through the town.
For the second year in a row, heavy equipment has been ripping up sections of the busy street and installing new and upgraded sewer infrastructure.
It’s resulted in a rough, dusty and sometimes tedious commute along the road, which sees thousands of vehicles each day and is the town’s commercial epicentre.
By the end of this year, town officials estimate that roughly $10 million will have been spent on the project, which was deemed necessary following a study that concluded sewer infrastructure in the area was insufficient because of the continuing growth in the town.
The town is responsible for roughly 20 per cent of the cost, while the provincial government, which maintains the road, is picking up most of the tab. The federal government has also made contributions to the multi-phased project.
The town’s chief administrative officer, Nigel Black, explained that two phases are now underway at the same time, making travel in the area especially challenging.
The first phase began earlier this year and includes an area from Powell’s Supermarket to Sawdust Road. This phase is nearing completion, he said, and the contractor has begun patching some sections of the road.
Phase two begins at Sawdust Road and continues to the intersection of the Conception Bay Access Road.
Work on this phase began just recently, and is expected to be more complex and expensive because it also includes two lift stations, which pump sewer along the line. A lift station was also installed near Powell’s last year. “It will take a little longer,” said Black. Black said the contractors are also installing some new water service lines “so we don’t have to go in and fix water breaks afterwards.”
He expects the latest phase to be completed before the end of the construction season.
The road will be resurfaced with asphalt in 2012, he added.
“ We’ll have a modern, efficient system that is capable of handling future growth,” Black said.
Black acknowledged there have been complaints, with some motorists reporting busted tires and other vehicle damage. But he said motorists and business owners impacted by the project have been generally very patient and understanding.
“People have been fairly satisfied that we’ve tried to accommodate them as best we can,” said Black.”I think it’s gone relatively smoothly, considering the magnitude of the job.”
“All we can say is it’s necessary and it has to be done. It’s an inconvenience to everyone, but it’s something we’ll have to deal with for this construction season, and next year we’ll have a product that’s better than it has been in years.”
Construction continues on a major infrastructure project along Conception Bay Highway in Bay Roberts.