Foord St. to be closed to finish repair work

Adam MacInnis
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STELLARTON – Repair work for a cracked concrete box culvert, which caused a large sinkhole on Foord Street in 2009 is running about three months behind schedule.

The construction work, which has focused around Exit 24, was originally supposed to be completed around the end of June but is not expected to be completed now until the end of September, said Pam Menchenton, a spokesperson with the Department of Transportation.

The problem was caused around an old culvert, which had been installed in 1963 by the province when the highway was built. It had become so filled with dirt it became completely clogged and impassable.

Because the department of transportation installed it it was their responsibility to fix and they are covering the complete cost. The nature of the project is complex and the tender was awarded to Caldwell & Ross Ltd. in New Brunswick to do the work.

Menchenton said that the space has been challenging for them to work in, which is part of the reason for the delays.

“The new date is late September,” she said. “We do appreciate how long residents have been waiting for this.”

Stellarton town engineer Tony Addis said that while the project is running behind, he’s pleased with the work that’s been done so far. The delays won’t increase the cost of the project for residents and in fact the company is being fined for each day past the deadline they go.

The part of the project that will impact residents the most is going to be around the first week of September, when Foord Street will be completely closed in that area for about several weeks.

Addis said there will be a detour set up around the work with people using Exit 23 and Exit 24 instead.

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Organizations: Department of Transportation.The, Caldwell Ross

Geographic location: STELLARTON, New Brunswick

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