The intersection of 2nd Ave. N.E. and Chaplin St. in Swift Current's downtown core is undergoing a major reconstruction that will extend into June before completion.
Crews began the street level demolition on Monday, and pilings were being installed on Tuesday during the initial phase of the project which is scheduled to last between four to six weeks.
During the project, crews will be demolishing all surface and deep utility infrastructure at the intersection in order to install new sewer, water and storm mains. The project will also result in the installation of new decorative traffic lights and electrical components, and the sidewalk and roadway will be reconstructed. Traffic will be re-routed around the intersection until the project is completed.
"Everything from the water and waste water infrastructure, the pipes under the ground, and right up to the street level. And there's going to be some new geometry there to allow for better movement of vehicles, particularly the Fire Trucks. And ultimately some nice new traffic lights similar to the corner of Chaplin and Central," pointed out Mitch Minken, General Manager, Infrastructure and Operations for the City of Swift Current.
Minken noted a number of lessons were learned from the first downtown intersection rehabilitation project the city undertook at the corner of Chaplin and Central.
"The first one we tackled it dragged on for a long time. We milled the street and then we went ahead and started doing the work. We found it was very difficult for the contractors to work around traffic, so this time we decided we would close the intersection completely and divert traffic around to make it safer for the workers and much more efficient for them as well."
City officials are advising that the replacement of water and sewer mains could result in short service interruptions to specific properties during the construction period. When services are resumed there will be precautionary three to four day boil water advisories. In addition, access to specific properties may be limited or altered during construction. Nearby residents will also have reduced street parking on 2nd Ave.
The project is also anticipated to have an impact on businesses in the area, with city officials endeavouring to mitigate any negative impacts by communicating with business and residents throughout the project. They will be scheduling shut downs/tie-ins to best suit business and residents.