Up­date on Harvey Street up­grades

Har­bour Grace street up­grade will not be com­pleted this year

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS SPE­CIAL TO THE COM­PASS Melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

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.”

Town ap­provals

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.

Van­dal­ism up­date

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.

More de­vel­op­ment

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.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

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.

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