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Connecting the western portion of Pacific Avenue with its central counterpart will route a road alongside the CP Rail tracks and right beside the existing Alaska Bay, technically a private road. New intersections will be built at 26th Street and at the northeast corner of Alaska Bay, as well as connecting the road to the existing 18th Street underpass.
Road construction that would connect a growing neighbourhood to one of Brandon’s main traffic arteries has been put off for another year.
Last year around this time, the city announced plans to extend Pacific Avenue to connect 26th Street to 18th Street, a project that could take three to four years to complete at an estimated cost of $1 million.
Construction for the first phase of the new road, between Alaska Bay and the railway tracks that will span eight blocks, or roughly a half-mile, was supposed to start this year, but is being pushed back.
Patrick Pulak, the city’s director of engineering services said the holdup is due to a development going up on Alaska Bay.
"They’ve been delayed, so some of the information we need from them to go forward with our design is delayed as well," Pulak said. "In discussions with the developer we both agreed that it wasn’t going to happen this year."
Pulak said the city is now looking at starting construction next spring.
Along with providing alternate access when trains are blocking the crossing at 26th Street, the road extension will provide residents with another route to 18th Street besides Rosser Avenue. The project will also include constructing a boulevard between Alaska Bay and Pacific Avenue to include a sidewalk and landscaping.
A late start to the construction season, combined with spring and early summer flooding this year, has delayed a number of other road construction and repair projects in Brandon.
According to information posted earlier this month on the city’s website, road milling and overlays to Kingston Place, Clare, Patricia and Centre avenues, and the 18th Street and Maryland Avenue walkway are all yet to be completed.
The city also stated some additional roadwork to be completed in September will be added depending on remaining funds in the capital works budget and chosen based on an existing priority list.
City maintenance crews have also been catching up on summer sidewalk maintenance. So far this year, crews have repaired 349 feet of curbside, laid 577 feet of new sidewalk, and completed 224 grinding jobs where sidewalks had become a tripping hazard.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 27, 2014