Nova Scotia

Troubled south-end sewer project continues

The Halifax Regional Water Commission says work will begin this fall on what it says is the final phase of a large and seemingly unending sewer project in south-end Halifax.

The Halifax Regional Water Commission says work will begin this fall on what it says is the final phase of a large and seemingly unending sewer project in south-end Halifax.

Trying to get to businesses on Fenwick Street proved difficult when the majority of the sewer repairs were being done, closing the street for months in 2009. (CBC)
The Freshwater Brook replacement sewer project is three years late and $6 million over its original budget.

Replacement of the Freshwater Brook sewer line began in May 2008 and faced a number of delays when engineers couldn't locate the existing pipes that needed replacing.

The problem-plagued project was met with unexpectedly high tenders prices, unexpectedly high levels of soil contamination and even unexpected encounters with carbon monoxide.

The end is in sight for aggravated home and business owners.

The final stage of the project is to abandon 240 metres of old sewer line running underneath the Sobeys parking lot on Queen Street.

"The old sewer in the parking lot has to be decommissioned or shut down. What they'll do is drill some holes in the parking lot, fill the old sewer with grout, pull out the existing man hole covers and that will be the end of the project," said James Campbell for the water commission.

Crews will replace one kilometre of deteriorating pipe, install separate storm water and sewer lines.

The Freshwater Brook replacement sewer project is three years behind schedule and has cost $6 million more than the original $10-million pricetag.
"It will be a relief, definitely, to have it over," said property owner Chris Khoury, who said he remains skeptical on the projected end date.

"They keep coming up with phase after phase," he said. "They just repaved that parking lot last year."

The final phase will begin in early fall and is supposed to take from four to six weeks to complete.

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