Final solution for Laurier Street fix


The traffic situation for drivers and busi- ness owners at the intersection of Laurier Street and St-Jean Street has been frustra- ting for the past few weeks. But the end of the problem should soon be in sight as council okays repairs to a section of sewer line that broke without warning earlier in the year. During a special June 30 session before its summer break, council approved a re- commendation from its infrastructure and engineering department for the engineering firm, CH2M, to continue with the work it has already begun on design preparation and repair work for a section of the Laurier

An emergency repair of a section of sewer line underneath Laurier Street should be over and done with this summer. But the city is looking ahead to replacing another section of the line next year.

Street sewer line. Early in April this year, a break occur- red in the sewer line underneath Laurier Street near the St-Jean Street intersection. An emergency repair was made and the city had a CCTV survey done of the line to determine its overall condition. The drone camera revealed that a 211-metre section of the original sewer line needed immediate replacement. The drone survey also indi- cated that another section of the sewer line would need replacing soon. City records for the Laurier Street sewer line note that particular section dates back to the 1960s. Council approved a recommendation for CH2M to continue with existing repair work and to also look after preparation for replacement of the other section of the sewer line with the goal of having it done next year. Total cost is estimated at $851,000 and will be covered through debt-financing. Coun. Mario Zanth noted that if the sewer repair project requires closing off all street traffic then the city needs to make sure the public knows about it. He noted recent com- plaints over driver confusion when Edwards Street was closed part of the time while city crews worked on a crossing repair job at the County Road 17 intersection. «We need a plan,» he said, «and we need to stick to it.» Helen Collier, city chief administrator, noted good response from local businesses and residents living along Laurier Street when the city sent out letters explaining the need for partial closure for the emergency repair.



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