Father and son team Walter (on excavator) and Eric Josephy plant the first white ash tree to begin the final beautification of Reid Street. Both white ash and maple trees will be planted along the downtown Quesnel street. Karen Powell photo

Reid Street project running on schedule

Paving should commence early September, says City’s director of capital works and infrastructure

With just under a month to go until the agreed-upon end date for the Reid Street Revitalization Project, the City of Quesnel’s director of capital works and infrastructure says everything is on schedule.

“We have the hard end date, or we call it substantial completion, [of Sept. 20]. That means they will have the lion’s share of the work done by the 20th, and we are looking like we are on schedule for that,” says Chris Coben.

“We are not ahead of schedule, but we are definitely not behind,” he notes.

Visitors to Reid Street this week will have noticed that trees are currently being planted in Silva Cells, tree planters that have been installed underneath the sidewalks, in Phase I, which stretches from Carson Avenue to St Laurent Avenue.

Crews also have recently completed all of the electrical in Phase II and are finishing small electrical jobs in Phase I, a City of Quesnel news release says.

Coben says the tentative plan is to begin paving on Sept. 4.

“The plan is to pave Sept. 4, for Carson Avenue and Phase I. But if we start getting a bunch of rain, it could be weather impacted,” he explains.

“Quesnel Paving is local but they work out of town as well … that’s who’s doing the work. That’ll be a scheduling thing.”

Coben says paving on Phase II will likely begin the week after paving in Phase I is complete.

“The goal is we want to have road markings down prior to the 20th.”

Crews are now prepping for curb installation in Phase II, which will take place next week, with sidewalks being installed after that.

“Phase II is going pretty smoothly. The water is in, the streetlight bases are in. They are getting close to when they can start the curb and gutter,” says Coben.

Coben says the only things that may take place after Sept. 20 are final touches including planting and landscape work.

He praises locals’ patience with the ongoing construction.

“The public has been really good. It’s a big project.”

READ MORE: Reid Street gets set for construction as contract awarded



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