Municipality updates community on two ongoing infrastructure projects
Tim Brody - Editor
Progress continues on the Third Avenue and Front Street and the Hillcrest Drive projects in Sioux Lookout.
Being undertaken by Bay City Contractors, the Third Avenue and Front Street Upgrade Project includes new infrastructure (water, sewer, and storm sewer) from Second Avenue and Front Street, westerly, close to the intersection of Front Street and Fourth Avenue, as well as King Street at Third Avenue, southerly to Front Street.
The Municipality of Sioux Lookout shared that, additionally, the sewer truck main is being changed and redirected, starting from the manhole in front of DJ’s Gas Bar to the parking lot to the south, and westerly to reconnect at the Heritage Railway Station.
The Municipality informed that the project will, “realize important improvements to both our water and sewer infrastructure as well as surface infrastructure within the scope of work.”
The Hillcrest Development Project, being undertaken by Makkinga Contractors, is being conducted in two phases.
“Phase 1 includes upgrading the force main from the Mascotto’s lift station to Fourth Avenue, on Wellington Street, and adding extra storage capacity for the lift station, as well as installing new sewer and water mains on Hillcrest Drive from the roundabout to the new Hillcrest development site,” the Municipality shared.
Phase 2 of the project involves clearing and preparing the Hillcrest development area (lands immediately North of Hillcrest Drive) for development.
The Municipality shared that the project is expected to produce multiple positive outcomes, including:
- extension and enhanced capacity of water and sewer services;
- preparation of the Hillcrest development area for new construction (anticipated to commence in 2024: office building, and more)
- resurfacing of Hillcrest Drive
The Municipality informed last week that the Third Avenue and Front Street project continues to progress.
“Unfortunately, the Contractor started the project a bit later than originally expected, and as such, this project will not see the laying of asphalt this construction season. The Contractor will be responsible for all road maintenance throughout the winter to ensure this section of roadway remains serviceable throughout the off-season. Construction will continue and be completed next spring, once the conditions permit,” the Municipality informed. The Municipality added that once construction concludes for the season (dependent on weather), the road will reopen for regular use.
“The work on Hillcrest Drive and the Hillcrest development property will continue for as long as the weather cooperates. Blasting on the site, and installing the subsurface infrastructure is currently in progress. Paving of Hillcrest Drive has been scheduled for next spring. This will also involve the installation of the rest of the curb, gutter and storm sewer,” the Municipality further informed.