The city will push back by one day final paving on West Victoria Street, given the blast of winter weather to which residents awoke on Tuesday.
“We’re delaying the paving,” City of Kamloops capital projects manager Darren Crundwell said. “We’re getting the information out there now, we’re delaying the paving until Thursday now.”
The city was supposed to do final paving for the major road reconstruction project on Wednesday.
However, Crundwell said the gravel base will be too wet following snowfall overnight.
It needs to dry in order to ensure quality of the major arterial route. “If your base is too saturated, you’re not going to get your compaction on your top and you risk your road basically falling apart sooner than it normally would,” Crundwell explained.
On-site work continues, meanwhile, including prepping for sidewalks. Crundwell is watching the weather forecast and expects paving will wrap up this week.
Overall, he said he is optimistic about the timeline given that the project continues to be ahead of schedule, expected to wrap up five months early in the spring. “The schedule has exceeded our expectations,” Crundwell said. “I didn’t think we’d have all of the asphalt and all the curbings done this year. None of us did.”