This is the fourth installment of a weekly update column courtesy the city’s Columbia Project Communications Task Force.
This week will see a very busy construction week for three blocks of Columbia Ave.
Rock has been encountered along the sewer line route. A delay of approximately three days is anticipated at that location, but during this delay, crews have initiated service connections and other works along the project site to make use of manpower. This will help maintain schedules overall and will last for at least three weeks.
A new parking lot is being developed behind the Post Office, and should be complete by this weekend. With this, a pedestrian lane way will be reopened onto Queen, allowing access through the length of our historic Sourdough Alley, from seating area behind the Sunshine Café, over Queen, and continuing on to the parking lot behind Rossland Hardware, and then on to Spokane. Businesses are opening alley access where available.
Parking along Columbia Avenue itself will be limited for some time, but every effort will be made to permit parking where feasible on a daily basis.
Excess excavated material is being deposited behind the Credit Union, significantly increasing the permanent parking in that area. Further access will be developed that connects Spokane behind Ferraro’s, to Queen and Leroi as a result of this work.
The St Paul/Columbia intersection has experienced some delays but the intersection should be re-opened by Friday, June 1.
The business community will be developing marketing campaigns to help maintain business levels, and the city will be assisting in these where possible. There is plenty to be excited about up in Rossland right now: the re-opening of historic Sourdough Alley and the transformation process of a downtown core. Actually, there is more to see in downtown Rossland than ever, and every day brings a new process to watch as the project progresses.
Please feel free to contact us with concerns, questions or ideas at Columbiaproject@rossland.ca, and direct all technical questions to 250-362-2328.