McPhillips Street is about to get a lot worse for motorists who use the busy street on their daily commute.
Beginning this week, city crews will begin work to replace a total of about 160 metres of water main at the intersection of McPhillips Street and Logan Avenue.
This latest bout of construction adds to the headaches businesses in the area are already dealing with after a number of other construction projects are already underway.
The city says the work is necessary to repair the water main that is over 100-years-old. The work needs to be done in advance of a full pavement reconstruction at this intersection scheduled for 2011.
Construction will take six to eight weeks and will include some parking and traffic restrictions.
Starting August 3, Logan Avenue will be restricted to one lane in each direction in the construction zone. McPhillips Avenue will be restricted to one lane northbound and two lanes southbound from Alexander Avenue to Hillock Avenue. Parking will be prohibited temporarily on Logan Avenue and McPhillips Street in the construction zone.
Starting Friday afternoon August 6 to Monday morning August 9, Logan Avenue at McPhillips Avenue will be completely closed to eastbound and westbound traffic.
The City of Winnipeg realizes what an inconvience this is, and even offered up an apology. “We recognize that this is yet another disruption to the Logan and McPhillips area. We thank motorists and neighbouring residents and businesses for their patience, and apologize for any inconvenience we may cause during this work,” a news release read.