Upgrades soon for Bay Roberts highway
Officials with the Town of Bay Roberts are hoping to see work started on the Conception Bay Highway by the end of this month.
This work would include completing the new lift station near the Masonic Lodge and the resurfacing of a stretch of the thoroughfare from Sawdust Road to the lift station at Farm Road, just beyond the traffic lights at the intersection for L.T. Stick Drive.
The lift station at Sawdust Road has to be closed down, and a pipe connected to the station on the other side of the highway.
In order to make that connection, there has to be a two metre wide cut made across the road.
Sean Elms, the director of public works with Bay Roberts, said the preference is for there to be a short amount of time between when the cut is made across the road and when asphalt will be applied.
“When that cut is done, the paving will be done right after,” he said. “That’s the plan anyway.”
It is common practice for paving initiatives to start once the asphalt plants reopen after the Victoria Day long weekend. It is at this time when temperatures are at the correct levels for the asphalt to correctly take hold.
“The important thing is getting the right temperatures … otherwise, when you’re driving around, you’ll get the ruts,” said Elms.
There is also the possibility that the cut could be made before May 24, which would leave another rough area for motorists to travel over.
Elms is optimistic about the completion of the project, even though it has experienced numerous delays.
The work was scheduled as a part of a capital works project valued at some $3 million when started in late July 2011, and it was scheduled to finish in the fall of the same year.
He would like to see work finished by the end of June, beginning of July.
“As soon as the plants open, it’d be nice to get it all done then and get the lines on,” said Elms. “When school ends, it’d be nice to have all of the road there, because that’s when, what I call, the summer season starts.”
Attempts to contact a representative with the department of transportation and works were unsuccessful.