HUNTSVILLE – Trees are down and activity is up on a residential road in Huntsville.
FUTURE WATER MAIN.
Crews have removed trees along the north side of Earl’s Road in Huntsville. The District of Muskoka will complete engineering survey work before it installs a water main in the fall.
Kevin Austin, director of transportation and engineering services for the District of Muskoka, said crews have started the preliminary survey work that must be done before a new water main is installed along Earl’s Road in the fall.
“We’re planning on extending a water main down from our reservoir on Hanes Road to connect with Muskoka Road 3,” said Austin. “It’s a fairly big project. We’re doing the survey work for it now.”
Earl’s Road, which connects Highway 60 and Muskoka Road 3, has residential development near Muskoka Road 3, but not near Highway 60.
The area at the undeveloped end of the road is heavily treed. But last month, heavy equipment operators removed a large patch of trees on the north side of the road. Paint markings and small flags soon appeared on the south side of the road.
Austin said crews plan to install the water main on the north side.
“Our guys generally don’t cut too many trees, but it’s possible they knocked down some brush because we need to get a drill rig to come off the road to probe for rock. We expect there’s going to be a lot of rock on this job,” said Austin.
The flags and paint markings are in place for engineering control purposes.
Tony White, commissioner of engineering and public works for the district, said previously that there were two reasons for the new water main.
One is an alternative water supply connection option for Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, which has a right-of-way to Earl’s Road from its Frank Miller Drive property, and the second has to do with creating service infrastructure for future development on Earl’s Road.?
White noted the project has been on the district’s radar for at least five years and staff felt it should begin to support not only the hospital, but potential growth as well.?
“We can’t make growth happen,” said White. “Sometimes it is difficult to know when to do the work, but when you’ve got another factor involved such as the needs of the hospital, then answering the question becomes easier.”?
The hospital would connect to the new water main at its own expense, if it decides to do so.
The district plans to install the water main in the fall. Staff has said the work will take about two months, but final site cleanup would take place in the spring. The project is estimated to cost about $800,000.
The district will not replant trees once it installs the water main so the area will remain clear if maintenance or repair work needs to be done in future.