Despite construction, Rossland open for business

This is the second installment of a weekly update column courtesy of Coun. Jody Blomme, a member of the city’s Columbia Task Force.

Copcan crews work to mill the concrete

This is the second installment of a weekly update column courtesy of Coun. Jody Blomme, a member of the city’s Columbia Task Force.

Construction has started with a bang as Copcan crews jump right in to milling out the concrete of Columbia Avenue.

The grinding on the north side of Columbia is complete as of Monday, and the dig starting today (May 15) at St. Paul and Columbia will be a major part of the project: due to the depth of the sewer a very large hole is required to install a new manhole. This should take four days, and there will be no traffic up or down St. Paul for the four days.

The sidewalk cutting along the white line will continue, and will occur outside of business hours whenever possible.

Signs directing people to alternative parking will be up shortly. The parking will be restored on the north side of Columbia from Queen to Washington today. The parking lot behind Rossland Pro Hardware should be completed Thursday.

The upper end of Queen is now available for angle parking.

The City of Rossland is currently making arrangements to increase the parking available in Sourdough Alley.

Renee Clark of the Rossland Chamber of Commerce has had large banners made up, advertising that Rossland remains “open for business” during the construction. She will order a total of nine banners to post on fencing along the work fence.

Please note that the water used to help in dust control is not taken from the city’s drinking water supply.

Dave Swift of ISL Engineering will continue meeting with businesses to keep them fully informed. His phone number is 250-512-1641.

For any questions or concerns, please email the Columbia Project Communications Task Force at


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