Traffic is slow going at Stamp Avenue and Roger Street as city workers strive to finish road repairs in the next two weeks, city engineer Guy Cicon said.
Workers are replacing a 220-metre long sewer force main pipe along Stamp Avenue. “This is to resolve the leaks that have occurred in the pipe over the last four years,” Cicon said.
South-bound traffic is free flowing but the north-bound lanes have been closed. Lanes in both directions are open in the evening, he said.
Some of the work was done at night so workers could breach the intersection when traffic was low, Cicon said.
Work started last week and the project is expected to finish this week, Cicon said. When finished, the pipes will be tested over the next two weeks after which the road will be completely open again.
The work is a continuation of repairs done earlier this year on the same section of pipe at Third Avenue and Redford Street. Relief from the traffic delays will be short-lived as another section of pipe has yet to be replaced, Cicon said.
The work is being undertaken because the 50-year-old pipe is worn on the inside at the bends in the pipe, Cicon said. The new pipe is made out of polyethylene and is expected to last considerably longer. “Everything has a lifetime to it but this type of pipe should last more than 100 years,” he added.