Construction of South Kaliste Saloom nearing completion

Construction on Kaliste Saloom Road is nearing completion.

Councilor Nannette Cook and project facilitators explained the final phase of construction while addressing concerns and what’s to come.

The $40 million project includes five lanes, a roundabout and a 2.2-mile bridge.

Officials say this will create more road capacity and efficiency for future commercial and residential developments.

Additional lighting will also be added to the roadway.

Some residents are happy with the project, but worried about the time it took to complete it. There are also concerns about existing drainage issues.

“2.1 miles in two years is not acceptable,” said one resident.

“It hasn’t been much recently with a bit of rain, but when it rained heavily there was water pooling several meters down the road. It shouldn’t be on this new road,” another resident said.

One of the project engineers, Mark Lavergne, says they inspect the site daily and monitor water flow in the area.

“The design of a new concrete pavement like this allows for some pooling of water on the surface during the actual rain event, but that water will quickly go into the underground system and be washed away to the Vermilion River,” Lavergne said. .

The project started in 2008. So why did it take so long?

“Sometimes it was a matter of the person’s idea of ​​the property versus the actual appraisals we were getting, so we had to resolve those conflicts with the property owners. I would say funding, right-of-way and weather were the main impacts on this project,” Lavergne said.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of May 2022.

One of the residents questioning the process, Carol Ross, emailed us about the story.

“I saw your report this evening, including my comments and Mr. Lavergne’s response. He said he did not know where I got my information – I got it during a presentation of the work LCG audiences in March 2019 at the Southern Regional Library I enclose the full report and draw your attention in particular to pages 5-7 for the project schedule, costs and comparison with the Verot School Road project” , wrote Ross. “Maybe Mr. Lavergne is not aware of this information, but I think the public should know the facts. And project costs include much more than construction costs.”

Here is a copy of that report:

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