St. Anne Street closures to continue

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What was meant to be a two-week closure of St. Anne Street will now stretch until the end of the month.

The road was closed in late February as part of the Perron Street storm sewer improvements project, and was initially meant to reopen March 8. That timeline was then pushed back to March 17 when crews discovered a water line was in the way.

Senior project manager Meredith Willacy said when crews were preparing to relocate the water line this week they discovered a valve was faulty and had to be replaced, pushing the schedule back.

“When the valve doesn’t hold, we have a problem,” she said. “We had to delay a few days to fix the valve, because if we didn’t fix the valve St. Albert Place would have been without water.”

The project is further delayed by the discovery that the sanitary sewer line south of St. Anne Street, which runs underneath the large storm sewer line being installed, would need upgrading in the future.

Willacy said it would save money in the long run to do those upgrades now, prior to installing the storm sewer line, rather than having to go in and tunnel underneath later on.

“It’s more of a proactive approach, to save costs on future projects,” she said.

Willacy said the changes would not affect the budget of the $2.5-million Perron Street storm sewer improvement project since any costs will be covered within the 10 per cent contingency included in any contract. The contractor is planning longer hours and some weekend work.

The project involves installing large diameter sewer to improve the storm system in the downtown and reduce the potential for flooding during large storm events.

Willacy said she still expects the project to be finished by the end of June, with minimal disruption to downtown events like the farmers’ market. For more details or updates on the project check the city’s website.

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