Two-phase project worth the traffic disruption: city

Alex Di Pietro
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With much-needed roadwork on Second Avenue West and 15th Street will come inevitable traffic disruption.

The intersection of 15th Street and Second Avenue West is seen, where part of a two-phase concrete and asphalt project will get underway Sept. 10 and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20. 

The project will consist of two phases, with the first phase beginning Sept. 10 and ending Sept. 16. The second phase will start Sept. 17 and conclude Sept. 20, weather permitting.

During phase one of the project, one eastbound lane will be open, as will two lanes heading west on 15th Street West. One lane heading both north and south on Second Avenue West will also stay open.

“We’re going to do everything we can to accommodate the traffic and be mindful of the fact that this will be disruptive, as 24,000 people a day travel through this intersection,” director of public works Colin Innes said, noting that he believes a bottleneck will occur.

Innes and manager of capital projects Wes Hicks unveiled the plans for the construction on Friday. Concrete work will be done in the northbound lane on Second Avenue West and 15th Street.

“That’s right beside Tim Hortons,” Innes said.  “Anybody travelling through that intersection there has probably noticed that there is a series of cracks … And what that’s from is underneath the asphalt that’s there is old concrete.”

The old asphalt and concrete need to be removed in order for that intersection to be fixed, Innes said.

“If you just try to go overtop of the asphalt, two or three years from now, we’re going to see the same thing,” he said. “By putting the concrete in there, it’s going to be a much more solid structure.”

Phase two of the project will take place right in the middle of the intersection itself. However, an interim plan consisting of asphalt repair is in effect, because there is underground work that’s needs to be completed from the centre of the intersection to 12th Street. 

Innes said the underground replacements, which need to occur within the next five years, would potentially last over two seasons.

“It’s going to be a large budgetary item,” he said.

“As Colin said, it’s a 112-year-old infrastructure,” Hicks said. “That is something that we have to replace in the near future, because it’s very critical … We don’t want to be paving and redoing the street scape and then having to dig it up later.”

City council approved $516,550 in funding for the concrete paving of three intersections on Aug. 13. Funding for the asphalt was also approved.

The city's infrastructure reserve, which is funded through a base tax of $60 per residential property and varying fees for commercial properties, is where the money is being drawn from.

Organizations: Tim Hortons

Geographic location: 12th Street

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