Sidewalk removal on Columbia Avenue is expected to be underway by next week in Rossland.
The Columbia/Washington Communication Task Force noted that they have only the best estimates of the work schedule and changes do occur. They said they would provide updates in as timely matter as they can.
The sewer, water and storm main lines are now completed on Columbia Avenue.
Work remains to tie in the water sewer and storm lines to businesses on the north side of Columbia Avenue. This will be completed as sidewalk removal is done. The sidewalk removal will start at St. Paul and move west.
Sidewalk removal will also occur along the South side of Columbia. As there are no service connections on this side of Columbia Ave this will be done as soon as two travel lanes are restored in the center of Columbia.
The roadway sub-base is being developed on the north side of Columbia. The sub-base material is designed to Ministry standards to insure the integrity of the finished surface.This process will shift to the south side once the sub-base is established on the north side.The process is staged to maintain two lanes of traffic.
Fortis will complete the gas main update in the next few days. This was done to lower the gas main under Columbia, and bring the line up to new standards.
The Washington intersection will remain closed for 2-3 weeks. A storm line will be installed in the alley between Subway and Ferraros, crossing Columbia and up Washington. Water and Sewer Mains are yet to be installed up Washington.
St. Paul,Queen and Spokane intersections will be open with minor interuptions possible. Parking in the newly established lots behind Rossland Hardware and the Post Office will continue to be accessed off 1st ave. Pedestrian traffic will continue to be available via Sourdough Alley from Spokane, to the Post Office and on to behind the Sunshine Cafe.
Additional signage has been added at each entrance to downtown. “Rossland is Open for Buisness” and additional parking directions are in place to alert the travelling public to parking opportunities.
The Columbia/Washington Communication Task Force meets every Monday.