Several City construction projects are underway, but questions remain over whether a couple of them will be completed as expected.
The widening of Highland Drive, for example, has unearthed some unexpected problems with erosion under the water line, said Kristen Meersman, City streets and capital projects manager, on Thursday.
The surprise finding has meant about 500 metres of soil had to be recompacted under the water main before the road widening could resume.
“We are hearing people think it won’t be done in time,” Meersman said.
Despite the hindrance, the City is working with the contractor to find areas where things can be sped up so this year’s completion schedule can be met.
“At this point, we’re still planning to finish so we haven’t talked about a backup plan yet. At first week of October, we’ll look at whether it’s an issue,” she said.
Crumbling concrete on the edge of a sidewalk overhang on the Overlanders Bridge is also being fixed after a few pieces fell off recently.
Meersman said other loose material has been removed and City staff will be repairing the concrete work soon.
The crumbling concrete pieces pose no structural problems — it just looks bad, she said.
North Shore drivers will be well aware that the City is upgrading Tranquille Road, including roadwork and new lighting.
The circuit work, concrete and asphalt will be done before the end of 2013. Light bases will be installed but the poles themselves might have to follow later, Meersman said.
Last but not least, roadwork is ongoing on Lansdowne between First and Third avenues, and Battle Street between Columbia Street and 13th Avenue.
Meersman said traffic delays should be expected until the work is finished this fall.