One month to go: Construction update on the Ames Mill dam retaining wall, Fifth St, Water St. parking lot and riverwalk

I took these photos Sunday of some of the construction happening downtown this summer. Most of it should be done by DJJD, one month from now.

Fifth St reconstruction Water St. parking lot Water St. parking lot Ames Mill dam wall

Public Services Director Joel Walinsky had this update in the city admin Friday Memo (PDF) last week:

Heselton Construction continued with water main on the first section of Phase III, which is on Fifth Street from Water Street to Division Street. They finished up with the water main late in the week and started with sanitary sewer installation. Sanitary sewer and storm sewer should wrap up on this area late next week.

North Country Concrete was on-site at the beginning of the week working on the concrete and crosswalks in the intersection of Fifth Street and Water Street. They poured the base concrete for the crosswalks, and the 1′ limestone colored concrete “bands” on the edges of the crosswalks. These are the same style crosswalks in the intersection of Division Street and Fourth Street, and by the Library.

Bearscapes, Heseltons brick paver subcontractor, was on-site late in the week to install the brick pavers in the four crosswalks in the intersection. Bituminous Materials, Inc. was also on the jobsite Friday to pave the rest of the 3
Water Street and Fifth Street intersection. Heselton anticipates opening this intersection up on Wednesday August 6th.
Work continued on the promenade area along the river this week. Northfield Construction finished up the footings and base for both the Harvest Sculpture and the Kiosk. Guth Electric worked on the electrical in this area, and should have most of the electrical wrapped up in that area next week also.

Next week, utility construction will continue on Fifth Street between Water Street and Division Street. Once utility installation wraps up, the road subgrade will be hauled out, and new sand and gravel will be hauled in to prep the road for curb and gutter. Concrete work along the promenade area is expected to begin next week also. Staff will be evaluating the construction schedule with the contractor to determine adherence to the project schedule.

Sunram construction continued work on the retaining wall this week. They got their coffer dam in place and operating at the end of the week and were able to do some prep work on the bottom of the wall. They pumped grout into the wall where the existing 24″ storm sewer pipe outlets through the wall and into the river. They also worked on removing the old railings and top cap of the wall in preparation of pouring a new top cap and installing new railings on top of the retaining wall.

See Saturday’s Nfld News article, 9 things to know about 5th Street, for more.


  1. We were down there today after October Fest, 2008 and saw so many people around the sculpture and sitting by the river, I have never seen so many people at that location before today. Nice work!

    October 11, 2008
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    December 24, 2009

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