NEW GLASGOW – The Martime Building demolition will begin this month, starting with hazardous materials removal scheduled to last for six weeks.
Following the abatement program, the downtown New Glasgow building will start to come down, beginning in October after Thanksgiving.
The process is expected to last until early November, before Remembrance Day.
“The primary objective of the demolition process will be to demolish the building and clean up the site. This will be done in a manner that will protect the workers at the site, protect the public and also, importantly, to reduce interruption to business to the extent possible, given the scope of the project,” explains New Glasgow’s Town Engineer Earl MacKenzie in a release from the town. “Access to businesses will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles at all times.”
Senior Consultant at Campbell Comeau Engineering, Marcel Deveau, provided a technical information briefing for the Provost Street business community at a public session held in the Town Hall on July 25.
Deveau spoke on the safety measures to be put in place, including a protective “hoarding” that will go over the sidewalk on the east side of the building and adjacent to the rail line on the west side of the building.
There will be both daytime and nighttime traffic control plans, he said.
From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, the plan will allow for traffic flow to be maintained.
The night-time traffic plan will see this particular block of Provost Street closed to vehicles from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.
Though it’s not a 24-hour operation, the contractor may take advantage of evenings to load debris.
At all times, Provost Street will be open to pedestrian traffic, except for the closure of the sidewalk in front of the Maritime Building. Parking in front of the Maritime Building will be eliminated for the duration of the demolition phase of the project.
The demolition is projected to cost $1,030,000 and has been budgeted in the Town of New Glasgow’s 2014-2015 capital budget.
The town doesn’t anticipate any impacts to air quality. Dust control measures will be in place.
The former Salvation Army building will also come down during the Maritime Building’s demolition.