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Road repair headaches on 15th Street as students head back to school

Work could impact DC Secondary when classes start
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Road repairs on 15th Street in front of Dawson Creek Secondary South Peace will not be completed until after school starts.

When students return to Dawson Creek Secondary’s South Peace Campus next week, they’ll have to dodge construction work. 

A two-block section of 15th Street is missing in front of the school as crews work to repair the damaged roadbed. With recent wet weather, it looks as though construction will still be underway when students return to school. 

“That road was falling apart,” the city’s head of development services Kevin Henderson said. “So, we’re excavating and putting an all new base in and then (replacing) the curbs and gutters on one side and repaving.”

Henderson said that the project has dragged on because of recent wet weather. If the tide can turn on that, the project could be completed in two weeks. But if the rain continues to fall, further delays are anticipated.

Students, staff and buses will be able to access the school and their respective parking lots and drop off zones through Sam Wilson Way, off 108 Ave. 

It’s not an ideal situation, Henderson said. 

“Our goal is to try and put that back together (as soon as possible) but it’s not going to dry out (soon) so it’s a struggle for sure,” he said. 

Another portion of 15th Street that was washed out by the mid-June floods will be replaced this fall, Henderson said. 

Engineering work is being done right now, and a tender package should be finalized and advertised by the end of the month. 

“Our goal is to have a bridge there (by the end of the Fall), but there will be things that factor into that as well, such as weather,” he said. 

The city hopes replacing the span with a bridge will prevent debris backups during heavy rains. Both 15th Street and the Snake Pit bypass road on the eastern edge of town were destroyed in floods that overwhelmed the city June 16. 

The tender package will go before council for approval before the end of the month. 

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