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Contaminated land forces Project 9 delay

Construction crews have graded most of Rivercrest Crescent. The road remains closed after delays in Project 9 sewer line construction.

The city has pushed back the reopening of the St. Albert Centre transit terminal and Rivercrest Crescent to September.

The work on the Project 9 trunk sewer pipe upgrade ran into a setback that apparently had been lying in wait underground for years.

“We were still on schedule or fairly close to schedule to be open on time but as we got by the Arby’s restaurant, we ran into contaminated soils,” said Larry Galye, the city’s senior project manager of capital projects.

He explained that there used to be a gas station located at the site.

“They had contaminated soils on their site. They reclaimed everything on their site but because of the roadway and the utilities that were in there, it was deemed at that time that it wasn’t an issue to leave those contaminated soils in there. The unfortunate part when we came through with our trench, we hit those hydrocarbons and we had to stop the work.”

Testing and chemical analysis was needed to get a full appraisal of the situation. That cost the work some time. “We’re about a week and a half, two weeks behind now.”

He added that, while there are some other problematic ground conditions in another area to contend with as well, other work has progressed including installation of curbs and gutters on the west side of the street.

The road and transit terminal were slated to reopen next week after being closed since May. The crew is now shooting for a mid-September completion date.

A temporary transit terminal remains in effect west of St. Albert Trail, on Muir Drive between McKenney and St. Vital avenues.

Scott Hayes: Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.