Courthouse gets sewer main replacement

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Crews begin excavating the area in front of the Court of Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert on Tuesday. The process of replacing the courthouse’s old sewer line is expected to last approximately two weeks.

The Court of Queen’s Bench in Prince Albert is getting a new sewer main line.

Work crews on Tuesday began digging out and removing the courthouse’s antiquated sewer line to make way for a spiffy modernized replacement.

“The original main line was put in basically with construction of the building -- so since 1926,” building manager Malcolm Hoehn said.

“It was a little clay pipe sewer line, so there were issues that developed and basically it was determined that it had to be replaced.”

Dmyterko Enterprises is handling the excavation part of the process, while Thorpe Brothers Limited will be responsible for removing the old line and installing the new one.

The job is expected to last two weeks from the start of construction, with the sewer main replacement expected to be complete by May 13.

Given the more advanced nature of modern sewer lines, the replacement is expected to last the courthouse for many years to come, barring any unforeseen issues that may occur.

The original main line was put in basically with construction of the building -- so since 1926. Malcolm Hoehn

“The new sewer lines are basically a type of plastic line, (which) I believe is what they’re … putting in,” Hoehn said.

“An example (of a potential problem) would be if there was further work down the road done and there was a crane over the top of it, for example, and it damaged the line. (Otherwise), that line will be good for a long time.”

Warning tape is currently set up around the area in front of the courthouse as crews go about the work of replacing the old sewer line.

“Our ministry appreciates the patience and co-operation of the public,” Hoehn said.

Organizations: Dmyterko Enterprises, Thorpe Brothers

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