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Bernard and the weather

Weather - more specifically rain - will determine whether the final phase of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project will finish ahead of schedule.

The $14.3M utility replacement and beautification project has been undertaken in phases starting back in September, 2012.

The final phase, between Pandosy and Ellis streets, is scheduled for completion in early June.

"We will be done on scheduled which means we'll be done in June," says Design and Construction Director Bill Berry.

"It's just that if the weather really opened up and we got good weather there is a chance we could be done a week or two early. It's really hard to predict now because you don't know how it's going to turn out."

Berry says the rain obviously halts both the pouring of concrete and laying of asphalt.

"They can do a lot of the other things. They can put down benches and things like that, but we have to get the concrete down first," says Berry.

"Then they put down all the paver blocks a piece at a time and once those are all down you can put up the street lights. There actually is a bit of work left to go, but once the concrete is done and finished that allows us to start working on the small stuff."

As for the roadwork itself Berry says the top lift of pavement from Pandosy to St. Paul still has to be done.

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