Rain holds up road construction

Construction in Rimbey has turned out to be a bumpy road filled with unexpected delays due to rain, rain and more rain

Construction in Rimbey has turned out to be a bumpy road filled with unexpected delays due to rain, rain and more rain but despite the above average precipitation, work is ongoing.

Rimbey CAO Tony Goode said at least part of the million-dollar summer construction program was slated to be wrapped up by mid-June but the wet weather has slowed things down.

He noted construction on 53rd Street in front of the aquatic centre has been completed except for paving.

“The sidewalks, curb and gutter and road base is in but it still needs to be paved before you can drive on it.”

Construction is also ongoing at two intersections on 51 Street and one intersection east of the cemetery due to drainage problems.

The sewer has been lined and the road surface ground down to help level out the dips on 58th Ave. This road is also slated to be paved along with 53rd Street.

A trail system in Rimbey, in the works for some time, will begin this summer.

Goode said construction of 1.5 kilometres of trails will begin next month with the first leg to run from the hospital to the recreation centre.

The trail will continue on the south side of Highway 53 along the right-of-way of SJC Holdings and the west side of the Giebelhaus property until it connects with the trail at the Nesting Place campground.

Council has budgeted approximately $140,000 for the trail system.