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Victoria Avenue work will take longer due to rain

Work continues along Victoria Avenue.

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Work continues along Victoria Avenue.

The timeline to fix Victoria Avenue is down the drain after this month’s rain delayed the first phase of the road’s massive rebuild.

Both the city and the province pointed to rain as the culprit and the city said the road between 12th Street and 18th Street will reopen by July 4 — and the excuse appears to hold water.

According to Environment Canada, 113 millimetres of water was dumped on Brandon so far in June, 75 of which came during last Thursday's deluge.

The first phase was originally supposed to be completed Monday.

As provincial road crews rip up and completely rebuild a mile of Victoria Avenue in four sections, the city is working to replace water mains and historic lead service pipes as they go — forcing complete closures of parts of Victoria through much of the summer.

After they are through with the current upgrades, crews will move east. Victoria Avenue is expected to be fully rebuilt all the way between First Street and 18th Street by the end of the summer.

The next part of the work will shut down the road between Eighth Street and 12th Street.

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