The revitilization of Reid Street in downtown Quesnel is ahead of schedule.
Mayor Bob Simpson explains…
“Businesses on the second half of the 300 block and 400 block are getting notification that we’re actually going to grind off the top of the second phase of the project about 10 days earlier than we were originally scheduled. And that second phase, because of a lot of the lesson they learned on the first phase, we think they’ll be able to continue to stay ahead of schedule barring any unforeseen circumstances.”
Simpson says the project remains on budget as well.
Here, he talks about the work that has already been done…
‘The water main is in for the first phase of the project. The tie-ins to all of the businesses which is the most risky part of the project because of older foundations, because the businesses also have to time that, and there were businesses that had to have their part of the project lined up and their plumbers and everybody ready when the contractors were ready. So the last business gets tied in from Barlow for that first phase of the project this weekend. The main storm drain system has been put in, all the hydrants have been restructured and put in, some of those were moved as a result of just the street scaping. They’re now putting in the storm drains.”
Simpson says the next stage will then see the road getting prepped on that side to be able to put in the curb and gutters.
He says the paving won’t take place though until the second phase, the 300 and 400 blocks, are ready for that as well to avoid seems and added maintenance.
The total cost of the entire project is 6.1 million dollars.