Halifax Water is conducting water and wastewater infrastructure improvements on Balsam Road and Central Street. Halifax Water, through its Contractor Dexter Construction, will be installing a new wastewater sewer and replacing the watermain on Balsam Road and a portion of Central Street. Installation of the sewer will eliminate the need for a wastewater pump station at the end of Balsam Road. Click to see sketch showing the work zone.
This construction project has several challenges. The depth of the wastewater sewer and required size of the street excavation means there will be no vehicle traffic and no on-street parking permitted in the construction zone during days, nights and weekends.
Halifax Water understands that restricted vehicle access will be challenging for residents as it will be necessary for affected residents to park on adjacent streets and walk to their homes. During this time, a stable, gravel path will be provided to facilitate pedestrian access. The entire project is expected to last approximately eight (8) weeks, however the restricted vehicle access should not exceed four (4) weeks for any specific property. When the project is complete, all surfaces will be reinstated to existing or better conditions.
On April 8th of this year, Councilor Outhit and Halifax Water Staff met with residents to review the project, and to discuss best timing for the project and hours of work. Based on feedback from the meeting, it was determined that July/August was the best window for construction and that extended hours on weekdays and additional work on Saturdays would be preferable to extending the completion date of the project into the start of the school year. The additional work hours would help to maintain schedule in the event of unforeseen delays, ie. poor weather.
The official start date for construction will be July 4th however it is expected that work crews will be on-site before this date to install temporary water pipes and conduct other advance work. Excavation work to install the wastewater sewer will start on or around July 4th at the furthest downstream end, near Civic#17 Central Street. At that time it will be necessary to close Central Street to through traffic and driveways will start to be affected. As construction of the sewer progresses uphill, it will also be necessary to completely close Balsam Road to vehicle traffic. Residents will be notified by the Contractor at least 24 hours in advance of driveway closures and provided with an estimate of the duration of the closure. As discussed above, driveway closures may extend for days or weeks during which time it will be necessary for residents to park on adjacent streets and walk to their homes.
Collection of garbage and recycling will continue as usual and residents are advised to place bins and bags at the curbside for pick-up. As collection trucks will not be permitted to travel through the closure zone, the Contractor will be required to transport your waste outside of the construction zone for pick-up. Empty bins will be returned.
In order to replace the water main with minimal disruption of water service to residents, homes in the affected area will be connected to a temporary above ground water main. Dexter Construction will make arrangements to connect each service to this line. Further communication on this matter can be expected from the Contractor closer to the start of construction. Even with this line in place, there may still be the need to have a daytime water shutdown (between 9:00am and 5:00pm) to allow for the installation of new valves at the construction boundaries. Dexter Construction will notify any residents affected a minimum of 24 hours in advance of any temporary shutdown.
Dust, noise, heavy equipment and short term service disruptions are common elements of construction, however we are committed to providing a work site that is safe and orderly. Please take extra caution when traveling through the construction area. Traffic control personnel and signage will be onsite as necessary to help direct you in the appropriate direction.
If you have any questions or concerns during construction of the project, please contact Chris MacDougall, Dexter Construction. Chris can be reached at 902-499-8186 or by email email@example.com
Steve Doucet, Construction Technologist will also be on-site as Halifax Water’s representative. Steve can be reached at 902-483-2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Rice, P.Eng.Project Engineer, Halifax Water