After completing major sewer separation and upgrades on Glebe Street and Main Street in 2020, the Town of Yarmouth is moving forward with a major infrastructure project on Parade Street
Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 - Yarmouth, N.S. – The next major infrastructure project in the Town of Yarmouth is set to begin later this week. A sewer separation project will see the complete replacement of sewer, water lines, and pavement on Parade Street between First Street and Pleasant Street. Aberdeen Paving, who carried out the same work on Main Street and Glebe Street last year, was awarded the tender at council’s May 13th meeting. The project is expected to be completed within a three-month timeframe.
The plans for the Parade Street project were announced in early April when council approved it as part of the 2021-22 capital budget. The project is an extension of the “green” infrastructure work completed in 2020 and involves the complete excavation of the street with replacement of the 100+ year-old underground infrastructure. The combined rock sewer will be replaced with separate storm and sanitary lines, with the new storm sewer flowing to the Glebe street storm outfall installed last year. Separating the storm water from the sanitary line reduces the load on the Town’s treatment plant, as clean rainwater flows directly to the harbour. This allows for a major reduction in electricity use by the plant and a reduction in greenhouse gases emitted by the town.
“Major projects like this are so important as we work to modernize some very old infrastructure while greatly reducing the load at our sewage treatment plant,” said Mayor Pam Mood. “While none of us are enjoying the current lockdown, it does allow for a good portion of work to be completed with reduced traffic in the area. We also know that this project will be messy and disruptive, so we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience. When it’s all done, we will have renewed another major street with upgraded plumbing and new pavement.”
Here are some important notes on the start of the project and how traffic will be affected this week and moving forward:
• On Thursday, May 27th , temporary water will be installed. This will cause minor traffic interruptions between School Street and First Street on the side streets (Willow Street and School Street). Traffic control will be in place.
• The contractor is expected to mobilize and begin work the first week of June.
• The first block of work will require a complete shutdown of both traffic lanes between First Street and Willow Street. First Street will remain open to local traffic.
• Sidewalks on Parade Street will remain open through the duration of the project; however, some closures/disruptions could occur as work progresses.
• The contractor will update fire and EHS services when sections are closed due to open trenches.
Regular and timely updates on the project will be provided by the contractor and the Town of Yarmouth, especially concerning traffic detours and temporary water disruptions. Updates will be delivered through local media outlets, the Town of Yarmouth website and social media, and through the town’s community notifications smartphone app “Alertable”.
Questions and concerns about the project may be directed to:
Tel: 902-742-2521 Ext. 238