Unknown pipes and lines that lurked underground have caused more delays along the Tranquille Road corridor improvements.
City capital projects manager Kristen Meersman said Thursday the road work is now expected to wrap up in about two weeks, while the rest of the upgrade should be done within a month.
Other major road projects on Highland Drive, Lansdowne and Battle streets are all expected to wrap up in the next few weeks.
But it's the Tranquille turmoil that's caused concern among business owners.
"We extended the construction completion date and had another conference call with the BIA (business improvement association) Tuesday," she said.
The $3.2-million project has already been delayed once because of unforeseen discoveries under the asphalt.
Meersman said a storm water line was found under one lamp base that was being replaced — a line that wasn't on any of the maps for the area and it had to be moved.
A finding like that can throw a project off by a week, she said.
In other cases, the hydro and Telus underground conduits weren't as deeply buried as expected, so the light standard bases had to be modified.
"We had to dig the hole, see what was in there and then design from there," she said.
The delays are causing headaches for some business owners whose customers aren't coming around as much because of difficulty with parking.
Meersman said the original finish date was Oct. 18. She predicted everything, including landscaping, will be completed within a month of that date.
"We're trucking along and making good progress. But we did have delays that set us back," she said.
An earlier delay was attributed to problems getting a Fortis permit for the multi-use path that's also part of the upgrade.
The project is late, but it is still on budget.
"People are frustrated with the delay and the tight traffic corridor. We ask people to bear with us and be patient."
Paving is beginning on Highland Drive, but landscaping and some other small work will be finished in spring.
Lansdowne is done and Battle is going to be finished within a couple of weeks, after some sanitary main work is done.