Victoria Avenue at 18th Street is blocked to traffic as work continues on repairs to the main thoroughfare on Wednesday afternoon. (COLIN CORNEAU/BRANDON SUN)
The first portion of Victoria Avenue’s multimillion-dollar overhaul is expected to be complete and reopened to traffic by Monday, subject to weather.
Victoria Avenue between 18th Street and 13th Street has been shut down for six weeks as the province and city work on major upgrades, both above and below the surface.
Herb Mahood, director of regional operations with Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, said the focus will then shift to the section between 13th and Eighth streets.
"We hope to have that section done in about a month," he said. "There’s a lot of work there because of all the infrastructure, the underground stuff that’s going on."
Mahood said the second portion won’t be a complete closure, in an effort to maintain access to commercial areas.
"Between Eighth, Ninth and 10th, that section will be done in pieces to try to maintain as much access as we can," he said. "We’re going to try to keep two of those open at any given time."
Mahood added they plan to keep 10th Street open as long as possible.
The third portion of the project, between Eighth Street and First Street, is slated to be completed by the end of September.
MIT’s portion of the work includes replacing pavement along the 17 blocks of the province-owned Victoria Avenue and the addition of sidewalk accessibility ramps. All curbs, gutters and medians are being replaced.
Minor improvements are planned for the intersections at Sixth Street and 13th Street. The plan is to lengthen the left-turn bays, to improve the efficiency of the intersections.
The city is redoing the water and sewer lines.
"So basically it’ll be all brand new construction when we’re done," Mahood said.
The province’s cost of the project is $3.5 million for the road improvements, while the city’s cost is $1.35 million for the underground work.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 10, 2014