Construction crews on the new Kawkawa Lake Road Bridge use a backhoe to search for an old water line that supplies the 753 Water System. The private system was reconnected

KLR Bridge project a bit behind, but on budget: mayor

Kawkawa Lake area residents are experiencing a series of service outages this week as crews on the Kawkawa Lake Road Bridge come into the final construction stages.

  • Feb. 15, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Kawkawa Lake area residents are experiencing a series of service outages this week as crews on the Kawkawa Lake Road Bridge come into the final construction stages.

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the 753 Water System was connected up to new supply lines at new bridge, cutting water to homes for up to seven hours

Connecting of the lines on the power poles, recently aligned with the new roadway, is expected to cut power to homes in the area on Saturday.

The bridge project is a little behind schedule and a construction permit extension has been granted due to winter weather conditions and the longer time needed to set the bridge pylons.

With the old bridge still able to handle the traffic flow there has been no reason to push the project ahead unnecessarily, said Mayor Laurie French.

With BC Hydro coming this weekend and Telus crews scheduled right behind them, the mayor expects that work on the Union Bar Road approach will begin shortly after Friday, Feb. 25. While the new bridge approach is being constructed, traffic will be diverted off the old bridge and across the new bridge, says the Mayor.

According to the mayor, the KLR Bridge project is on budget, with a “couple of small overages easily covered by the contingency fund built into the contract.”

An official opening ceremony for the bridge is being planned for mid-March.

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