Behind, but almost done

Anyone navigating through Vernon's downtown core over the past few months knows it's been a bit of a challenge.

Several blocks of the city centre were closed while crews replaced infrastructure and made other upgrades to the city blocks.

While the work was expected to be complete by the end of September, crews are still onsite well into the second seek of October.

But city officials assure the short-term pain will soon be over and residents will benefit from long-term gain.

Nick Nilsen, with the city, said asphalt is being put down and work is expected to be complete within the next couple of weeks.

The work is a few weeks overdue, but Nilsen said it was a massive project that will serve the community for decades to come.

“If you could see underground the amount of work that has gone in and the amount of infrastructure that has been replaced and repaired is really quite spectacular,” said Nilsen. “This work should last for many, many decades to come.”

Nilsen said 32nd Avenue might be open by mid-next week with just the finishing touches like concrete and line painting needing to be done.

“There's still some minor work in and around 32nd Avenue when it opens up so you can expect occasional traffic delays."

Nilsen said there is still some work to be done at 30th Street and 35th Avenue will take a couple weeks longer, as will 30th Street north of 35th Avenue.

There is still work needed to complete the water tie in at 37th Avenue which is expected to be done next week.

“All in all, the construction projects are being finalized,” said Nilsen.

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