Tudor Ave. water main replaced end of February

Saanich has issued the following notice to residents of Tudor Avenue and its surroundings as follows:

Re: Tudor Avenue, Phyllis Street and Mt Baker View Road — Advance Notice of Project
Please be advised that the water main is expected to be replaced along Tudor Avenue between Seaview Road to just beyond Phyllis Avenue, the entire extents of Phyllis Street and a portion of Mt Baker View Road. Construction is expected to begin near the end of February 2015. The underground infrastructure in the area is due for replacement and is part of the annual water upgrade program to ensure efficiency in the system and to minimize emergency failures. A definitive start date has not yet been determined. You will receive further notice from the contractor (Saanich Public Works Crews) regarding starting date and duration of the works before construction begins.

Up to this point the water main upgrades along Tudor Avenue have benefited from the availability of alternate routes for traffic, such as Seaview Road. However once the work progresses along Tudor Avenue there are locations that do not have the benefit of a similar alternate route. Therefore The District of Saanich has looked at the viability of opening up the emergency lane between Phyllis and Arbutus.
The emergency lane is not suitable for regular daily traffic but will beopened up to regulated alternating one way traffic on an as needed basis during the hours of construction work. As it is the contractor’s responsibility to make the work zone safe for traffic outside of construction hours, the emergency lane will be closed outside construction hours.
The following points outline how the opening of the emergency lane will be managed.
• The contractor will be allowed to open up the emergency lane to alternating one-way
traffic, only on the occasions when one lane traffic or detours are not possible past the
works on Tudor Avenue and Phyllis Street.
• The emergency lane will be controlled by the project contractor; flag persons will be at
either end of the lane regulating traffic, only allowing one way traffic at any time.
• Depending on traffic volumes there could be a wait at the emergency lane, while
allowing oncoming traffic through.
• The emergency lane will be closed after construction is finished for the day and, if
required, opened once again when construction commences the following day. It is advised, that during the construction, you plan for minor delays along the route and that you inform any trades people or delivery drivers that you may be expecting, of the proposed works and the potential for delays.
Whilst undertaking the work to upgrade the waterworks network the contractor will endeavor to keep disruptions and delays to a minimum. It is however the nature of the work that there will be times when traffic will need to be stopped for a brief period as a safety measure and to accommodate construction activity. Detours will be utilized where possible.
We thank you for your patience for the duration of the work. If you have any questions regarding the project scope feel free to call me at 250-475-5494 ext 3469 or email me at
Doug Weihing
Underground Engineering Technician
The District of Saanich
Copies: Mike Lai, Manager of Transportation
Mike lppen, Manager Public Works
Cory Manton, Parks Manager
David Sparanese, Manager Roads
Richard Pala, Captain Inspector Fire Prevention
Dwayne Halldorson, Manager of Underground Services
Harley Machielse, Director of Engineering
Mike Kaye, Communications Officer, Assistant Chief, Fire Department

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