Expect Delays on Wharf and Store Streets Next Week

Drivers are advised to expect delays in the areas of Wharf and Store Streets next week as crews complete projects in the area. All work related to the replacement of the century-old utilities is expected to be completed by the end of April.

On Tuesday, Wharf and Store Streets will be closed to traffic in both directions between Pandora Avenue and Fisgard Street and rerouted to Government Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The closure is for work related to the new Janion development.

Next week, the City will be paving Wharf Street from Yates Street to Johnson Street between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lane reductions will be in place and delays can be expected. Paving in the area is being done to restore Wharf Street from recent utility replacement work in advance of the Times Colonist 10K race on Sunday, April 27. To avoid delays, drivers are advised to take alternate routes.

Paving of Wharf Street is the last phase in the replacement of 100-year-old water, stormwater, and sewer mains in the area. Weather permitting, paving will continue along Wharf and Store Streets from Johnson Street to Fisgard Street the week of April 28.

Over the next two weeks crews will also complete final connections to the new water main for properties in the area. In an effort to minimize water service interruptions for residents and businesses, the work will be occurring during the night and early morning hours. Properties affected by service interruptions have been notified in advance.

Service improvements from the utility replacement work include a new water main that will offer improved service for businesses and residents, a seismically upgraded fire service water main, a new sewer main that will provide increased capacity for a growing downtown population and an upgraded stormwater main to improve drainage and help prevent flooding. These upgrades are being made in advance of new roads that will be built for the new Johnson Street Bridge.

For the latest information on the Johnson Street Bridge Replacement Project, visit www.JohnsonStreetBridge.com