Wellington Crescent is having its water mains replaced to increase fire protection in the area.
"It’s just an improvement enhancing the ability for the city to protect the residents in the event of a fire in the area," said Kas Zurek, design and construction engineer with the water and waste department at the City of Winnipeg.
The project, which started mid-July and will run till the end of September, weather permitting, runs along a busy rush hour corridor heading into Osborne Village from the west. Flags and signs have been erected, as well as boards to protect area trees.
Zurek said protecting the trunks of the trees is a requirement from city arborists.
"The boards are to ensure that the trunks are safe and to protect the integrity of the trees," said Zurek.
The project is almost complete and should be done by the end of September.
"The work on Wellington is about a complete restoration," said Zurek. "It should be done in the next couple of weeks."
Weather, however, is always a factor.
"If it rains the ground is soft, and the workers don’t work in the rain. Plus, it’s been humid," said Zurek.
The budget for the project was $500,000, but with engineering and additional costs, Zurek said the City is looking at a total of approximately $600,000 instead.