Usually when a door closes a window is supposed to open. But in Osoyoos this week, as one road opens another is about to close.

H&M Excavating, currently in the midst of a storm sewer placement project on Main Street, will begin work at the corner of Kingfisher and 89th St. later this week — effectively cutting off another main through-fare through the center of town.

“Main Street should remain open for the duration of the project with traffic running both directions,” said a spokesperson for H&M. “The only exception would be in two to three weeks time when the paving occurs. The pavers may or may not change the traffic to single lane alternating while they do their work.”

Kingfisher will close at 89 Street — between Legion Beach and the Jack Shaw Splash Park — and will remain closed until the project is completed in late October.

The Kingfisher work is the first phase in the replacement of the Town’s Main Sewage Lift Station, which pumps about 95 percent of all raw sewage in town to the treatment facility located near the Osoyoos Golf Course.

The lift station was constructed in 1978 and many of the structural and mechanical components of the station have reached or exceeded their service life, Jim Dinwoodie, the Town’s Director of Operational Services wrote in a report to Council back in July.

“The work realigning the roadway at the intersection of 89 Street and Kingfisher Drive is scheduled to begin this week and should have a minimum effect on traffic along Main Street,” Mr. Dinwoodie said today.

“Both work sites will have the appropriate traffic control personnel present to insure the safe and efficient movement of traffic around the construction zones.”

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