The City of Williams Lake will replace water service and valve infrastructure components on Pigeon Avenue between Williams Lake and 11th Avenue, beginning July 23. Construction is expected to take several weeks. As a result, there will be disruptions in water supply to properties and traffic movements along Pigeon Avenue.
“The infrastructure in this area of the city is 40 years old and older,” says Coun. Sue Zacharias, chair of the planning and operations committee. “Changing water service saddles, sanitary sewer service connections, and storm drainage is a must to ensure the longevity of these systems as well as the road systems above them. Planning to replace infrastructure before it fails is a growing trend in the province that is gaining popularity because of the need to ensure that services are always delivered to the residents of those communities.”
The city says all traffic detours and road closures will be signed appropriately and will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Extra care will be required by drivers using Pigeon Avenue and the neighbouring streets during the construction to ensure the safety of crews and the public, the city says, adding that entire blocks may need to be closed during construction. As much notice as possible will be given to each of the property owners regarding disruptions in water service.