The cold weather in Sackville this week enabled workers from Birch Hill Construction to begin digging a huge water retention pond in a marshy area south of St. James and east of Lorne Streets as part of Phase II of the Lorne Street flood control project.
During Monday’s council meeting, town engineer Dwayne Acton said well-below-zero temperatures allowed the company to drive frost into the ground last weekend so that workers could begin excavating the pond and hauling the soil to disposal sites several kilometres away.
The town has selected two disposal sites, both approved by the Southeast Regional Service Commission.
The one being used on Friday was at 283 Queen’s Road near Frosty Hollow, a distance of 3.5 kilometres from St. James Street. To reach that site, trucks travel via Lorne Street to Queen’s Road and then to the disposal site.
To reach the other site, trucks will use Lorne Street, Queen’s Road and Fairfield Road before travelling to 102 Crossman Road between Charlotte and York Streets, a distance of 4.4 kilometres.
Both routes go through Marshview Middle and Salem Elementary school zones. A note on the town’s website says the “contractor is aware of the school zones and the peak periods at our local schools, and our engineering consultants will be monitoring truck routes regularly.”
Since each truck carries an average of 10 cubic metres of soil, it will take about 5,000 round trips (nearly 40,000 kilometres of travel) to move the 50,000 cubic metres that will have to be disposed of to excavate the retention pond.
To read the town’s latest update on the Lorne Street project, click here.