Update on Harvey Street upgrades
Harbour Grace street upgrade will not be completed this year
Harvey Street in Harbour Grace has seen numerous upgrades to date on its water and sewer, as well as new pavement and sidewalks. The mayor has confirmed the west end of the road will not have the same fate this year, but he hopes the funding will be announced in the fall.
Motorists have been enjoying the smooth new pavement that was completed on the second section of Harvey Street in Harbour Grace between Newman’s Hill and Bannerman Lake Road for almost a month.
Mayor Don Coombs confirmed water and sewer upgrades were installed, as well as new curbs and gutters completed by Cougar Engineering and Construction.
Coombs is very impressed with the completed work and said the company was “tremendous to work with.”
He also noted that residents are very happy about the new sidewalks.
The final stage of the project that will complete the street from Bannerman Lake Road west to the Veterans Memorial Highway turn off will not be completed this year, he said.
The town is ready to go, explained Coombs, but they are still waiting for the funding from two provincial departments — transportation and works and municipal affairs.
“I would think realistically if it were announced in the fall, construction would begin in the spring,” he said. “The sooner the better.”
All that is left to do this season is to tidy up the new asphalt and sidewalks and Coombs said it will be “ready to go.”
In the past two weeks the town has confirmed they will seek tenders for two major infrastructure upgrade projects.
Town engineer Tom Harris has been officially appointed to oversee a complete overhaul to the screen house, which is located at the water supply intake at Bannerman Lake and an upgrade to Mercer’s Road artesian well system. Both are expected to begin this fall after the tenders are officially in place.
Coombs said the screen house should cost some $140,000. It is in need of a lot of work because it is “old and worn out.” He confirmed it would be the priority project this fall.
The Mercer’s Road well is also in significant need of some adjustments.
Some residents of the area have complained to the town that their water supply and pressure has been low, so the town has decided to install two holding tanks. They will also have a chlorination system installed for water safety.
“We will be taking care of two issues at once with Mercer’s Road,” Coombs said.
The well upgrades are expected to be in
the $95,000 range.
Coombs has confirmed the repairs to the town’s water treatment facility will begin soon.
Officers with the Trinity Conception RCMP confirmed they are still awaiting a report that they hope will help confirm the identities of the three accused in seriously vandalizing the building located on Bannerman Lake Road.
The three possible suspects were identified through a tip to CrimeStoppers late May, but there has been no advancement since.
Police confirm the investigation is still ongoing.
The town is waiting on tenders to find out the cost of the repairs, and it has been confirmed it will be covered under its own insurance.
There are already several development projects underway in Harbour Grace that are making way for new home builds.
Coombs confirmed he has met with two site developers last week for two separate projects that will hopefully begin in the next 30-60 days.
He believes this speaks volumes about the town and is quite satisfied with the growth and development that has been taking place there.
Harbour Grace has just completed a big project on a section of Harvey Street which included water and sewer upgrades, as well as curbs and gutters installation.