HUNTSVILLE - The District of Muskoka hosted a community information session on Nov. 5 to provide an update on the King William Street construction project. Information shared included an update on the progress to date, challenges experienced during construction as well as discussion on work remaining for the season and start-up in 2020.
The water, sewer and road upgrades on King William Street began earlier this year, from the Muskoka River Bridge to Chaffey Street. It was noted that progress to date on this project has been slower than originally anticipated and was primarily due to the requirements to work around complex utility structures which needed to be kept functioning for businesses and residents as well as additional bedrock encountered in the deepest portion of the excavation. The District, EXP (the design consultant) and JB Enterprises (the site Contractor) have been working closely together to ensure safety and minimize the impact on traffic as much as possible.
Mark Misko, Director of Engineering and Transportation for the District of Muskoka shared photos, depicting some of the underground difficulties.
“Although we have experienced setbacks and delays to accommodate these utilities, the changes we’ve made to our traffic control plan and increasing the work zone platform will assist in making up some of the lost time,” said Misko. “Underground infrastructure is typically replaced once every 50 years, it’s vitally important this is done right. We understand the impact this project has on local businesses, residents and visitors, so we are taking steps and adjusting our schedule and resources to ensure this project is completed on time and on budget.”
J.B. Enterprises will continue to work late into November (potentially December), and will ensure the construction site is safe for winter maintenance.
Quinn Michell, district of Muskoka public relations, noted the "project is still anticipated to meet the targeted completion date - we’re taking steps to adjust the current schedule and resources to make sure it’s completed in late Spring. They’ll be working as late as possible into November, and December if safe to do so."
Construction and Access/Routing Update for November 7, 2019:
Church Street will be closed off to traffic at noon today (November 7), for restoration activities of utility duct structures across the intersection, along the south side of King William Street;
Prior to the closing of Church, crews will reopen the Fairy intersection so that access can be maintained to the long term care facility and residents to the south of King William. This will be short term only to advance the schedule in preparation of the roadway for curb works scheduled next week;
Church Street will remain closed until Monday November 11th, at which time it will be reopened and Fairy Street will be closed so crews can advance across the intersection with storm and sanitary mains.
The District provides weekly updates on construction progress, alternate routing and road restrictions www.EngageMuskoka.ca. Residents and businesses are encouraged to subscribe to the online engagement website to receive regular updates.