October 15, 2016 - 11:30 AM
KAMLOOPS - The Sun Peaks health centre may face further delays as winter weather approaches.
Mayor Al Raine says a decision will have to be in early November as to whether construction will move forward throughout the winter. Currently crews are working on the building, but snow could cause significant delays.
“I guess the real question for us, with the early onslaught of winter, is are we able to get the roof on time to do winter construction?” he says.
The early winter in Sun Peaks, with snow already on the ground in the village, has caused at least a month delay Raine says, meaning the it may not open until May 2017, pushed back a couple months from earlier estimates of February 2017. If winter construction doesn’t go forward, the centre might not be opened until much later in the year, potentially fall 2017.
The project faced delays in the summer when contract issues meant a the municipality had to find a different construction company.
Not all construction projects are delayed until 2017, though, Raine says. The outdoor ice rink has also faced slight delays due to early snowfall, but he thinks it will still open by Dec. 1.
A final pour of concrete is needed to finish off the rink base and then it’s a matter erecting boards. A new path is also almost finished, and already in use, connecting the Burfield area to the main village, allowing people to bike or walk to work now, instead of walking along the narrow road into the village.
“There’s a lot of excitement around the bicycle-walking trail along side the main access road,” he says. “It gets people off the main highway.”
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