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



editor@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Eighty athletes compete at Biathlon BC Cup race in Quesnel

Two-day event at Hallis Lake features beginners, national-calibre racers and recreational athletes

Column: This and that for seniors in Quesnel

Regular Observer columnist Ruth Scoullar writes about what’s happening and shares some good advice

Forestry Hockey League Highlights: Week 17

Bear Communications and Fraser River GM notch key wins

British Columbia Rodeo Association releases tentative 2019 schedule

The BCRA season opens with the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo April 26-28, comes to Quesnel July 19-21

Quesnel Women’s Resource Centre wins $500 for Deeds Well Done

There were 28 nominations to the campaign in Quesnel

UPDATE: B.C. legislature managers accused of excessive travel, personal expense claims

Clerk Craig James, security chief Gary Lenz call allegations ‘completely false’

B.C. man fined $10,000 after leaving moose to suffer before death

Surrey man was convicted last week on three Wildlife Act charges

‘Blue Monday’ isn’t real, but depression can be

CMHA encourages people to prioritize their mental health

Anti-pipeline group wants NEB to consider impact of emissions, climate change

Stand.earth filed NEB motion asking to apply same standard to the project as it did with Energy East pipeline

Parole granted for drunk driver who killed B.C. RCMP officer

Kenneth Jacob Fenton will be able to attend alcohol abuse treatment, nearly three years after crash that killed Const. Sarah Beckett

B.C. man charged in 2014 snake venom death of toddler

Henry Thomas was taking care of the North Vancouver girl the day before she died

B.C.’s largest public-sector union wants inquiry into money laundering, drugs

Union officials say Premier John Horgan and Attorney General David Eby have not ruled out the possibility of a public inquiry

Teen in confrontation with Native American: I didn’t provoke

Nick Sandmann of Covington Catholic High School said he was trying to defuse the situation

Cariboo man pleads guilty to second degree murder in death of former girlfriend

Michael Martel admits to violent attack on Vesna Dumpstrey-Soos in 100 Mile House

Most Read