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Capital project to replace force main, water lines underway

Repairs of a nearly 40-year-old system will be a huge benefit for the residents of the Town of Oxford.

By Sam McNeish

The Citizen

OXFORD Repairs of a nearly 40-year-old system will be a huge benefit for the residents of the Town of Oxford.

Brycon Construction of Dartmouth won a recent tender to replace all the force main sewer lines and water lines along Main Street and have been on site for the past two weeks.

The capital project will cost residents $411,000, but on completion will end the frustration of countless breaks and expensive repairs to the force main sewer and water system along Main Street. This is the main water and sewer line for Oxford.

In the last year alone, weve had a number of breaks, all are expensive and take a lot of time for us to complete, Brenton Colborne, director of Public Works for the Town of Oxford, said.

The line keeps cracking and were always digging it up and replacing pieces of it. This is not cheap. I would say on average it costs about $1,000 each time we have to make a repair, he added.

Colborne said the existing line was installed in 1969 and 1970. It has served all the residents and businesses along Oxfords busiest street that is also home to Oxford Frozen Foods, the blueberry operation that would use the line extensively.

Work started near the Scotiabank and Nova Scotia Liquor Commission outlet and when completed will see the sewer line and water line replaced through to the Wild Blueberry and Maple Centre.

Once the sewer is done, we will go back up near Briggs Convenience and start the water, Colburne said.

In total, well be replacing 700 to 800 feet of line.

Chris Tucker, the project manager for Brycon Construction, said the project will take approximately seven weeks to complete and should be up and fully operation by mid to late November.

Things havent been too bad today in what we are finding but this line definitely needs replacing, he said.

Things have gone well and were trying to do this as quickly as possible so we dont tie people up, especially the truckers. They are trying to make a living and we dont want to inconvenience anyone, he added.

Colborne said there shouldnt be any service disruption for residents or businesses on the line. Temporary water lines are being set up to provide water to the homes when the water project commences and noted there would be a slight delay when the lines are switched over.

Our goal is to make this as convenient for the public as possible, he said.

Organizations: Brycon Construction, Public Works, Oxford Frozen Foods Scotiabank and Nova Scotia Liquor Commission

Geographic location: OXFORD, Dartmouth

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