The Chester Avenue Upgrade was designed to both replace aging infrastructure, some being over 100 years old, and to take advantage of the scope of construction within the right of way to make other improvements to traffic flow, future development, and active transportation. This important project has a value of over $3,000,000 and through earlier planning and infrastructure review the Town of Kentville was successful in obtaining funding for 66% of the project.
The project schedule has been recently updated on both the detour signs and project website (www.chesteravenue.com). The anticipated completion date for the entire project has been set for October 31, 2016. July 31, 2016 was the date that we hoped to have at least one lane of traffic open for the entire project. The contractor decided to complete the entire first phase of the project before they started phase 2. Phase 1 consists of replacing the infrastructure between Main Street and MacDonald Avenue , which includes major retaining walls, watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, small retaining wall upgrades, paving, sidewalk, concrete curb, and an extra lane for traffic at the intersection with Main Street. Chester Avenue is fairly narrow through phase 1 and the pipe crew finished before the crew in charge of the retaining walls did. With that area being too small for both crews, the contractor moved their pipe crew to another work site and left the retaining wall crew to complete their work before starting phase 2. Phase 1 should be completed soon with the first layer of asphalt scheduled to be placed before August 12, 2016. This will allow traffic to once again circulate from Main Street through MacDonald Avenue, Highland Avenue and Forrest Hill Road to Prospect Avenue.
Phase 2 consists of replacing the infrastructure between MacDonald Avenue and Civic 300, the approximate end of sanitary sewer services and past infrastructure upgrades. This work will include watermain, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, paving, an active transportation trail, concrete curb, and overhead crosswalk lights at Mill Run. Less complicated than Phase 1 and we feel the construction should go much quicker. Also we hope that one lane of traffic might be able to be left open once the pipe work has been completed, which could reduce the time of the detour. We are waiting for confirmation of this from the contractor. Again, the overall completion date may be October 31st but traffic flow, at least one lane, may be open sooner. Once one layer of asphalt is placed on Phase 2 work an entire second layer will be placed over Phase 1 and Phase 2 work which will make it look like one cohesive paving job. For instance the current area on Chester Avenue and Main Street that was paved before the Apple Blossom Festival only received one layer of asphalt. The second layer of asphalt will be placed with the other asphalt and the whole project, although most of the infrastructure has been buried, will look pretty sharp once completed. These infrastructure upgrades will serve the residents of Kentville and its visitors for several decades. We will continue to update the website as we receive additional information and continue to work closely with the school board and emergency services regarding traffic and detour concerns.