McGill Road utility relocation project begins on Aug. 14

Expect delays near Thompson Rivers University for the next several weeks.

Work on McGill Road in front of Thompson Rivers University will result in short delays for drivers into the fall.

Extreme Excavating Ltd. will begin the city’s McGill Road utility relocation project on Friday, Aug. 14. The $1.4-million project involves the replacement of 450 metres of water main, minor sanitary sewer work and rehabilitation of the asphalt between Columbia Street and Dalhousie Drive. The project is expected to be completed this fall.

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Beginning Friday at 7 a.m., crews will be milling/removing pavement along the south side of McGill Road between University Drive (east entrance) and Columbia Street in preparation for the water main replacement. Motorists and transit users travelling eastbound should expect short delays. Bus stops and sidewalks will remain open and accessible, but driveway accesses on the south side of McGill Road in the area will be impacted for short periods as the milling machine moves through.

Over two nights — Sunday, August 16, and Monday, August 17 — crews will be working in the intersection of McGill Road and Summit Drive to install the new water main. Thanks to a noise variance for the project, work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

During the night work, the intersection traffic signals will remain in operation. Detours for traffic and transit will be in place. To view the detour maps, go to

Beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and continuing for approximately 10 days, crews will continue installation of the water main on the south side of McGill Road across from University Drive. One lane of traffic eastbound and two lanes westbound will be maintained. The Landmark Centre McGill Road access will be periodically closed. Motorists are advised of the posted 30 km/h speed throughout the construction zone.

Pedestrian and vehicle access to Thompson Rivers University and local businesses will be maintained throughout the project, but delays and congestion should be expected.

The project is being done in conjunction with a development at Thompson Rivers University that requires the relocation of several city-owned utilities located in easements near the northwest corner of Summit Drive and McGill Road. Extreme Excavating is currently in the process of completing this work.

The city said it has additional infrastructure work to do in the area, noting completing that work in conjunction with the developer’s project is more efficient and cost-effective and will minimize impact on residents and businesses in the area. The utility relocation works are funded entirely by the developer.

Meanwhile, what is planned for that high-traffic corner at Thompson Rivers University remains unclear. TRU director of executive communications Darshan Lindsay earlier told KTW the university is in negotiations with a developer and, until an agreement is finalized, the university is not in a position to provide details. However, she did not that TRU’s master plan guides development at the university, including parcels for private development.

“Such development is intended to diversify TRU’s on-campus population and provide services that may include retail, commercial and residential, as well as green spaces,” Lindsay wrote.

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