Most city road projects have been delayed by two to three weeks because of higher than usual amounts of rain over the past six weeks, the city said Thursday.
“Although we plan for weather contingencies, we could not have anticipated the excessive rainfall we have experienced in June and July,” transportation manager Bob Boutilier said in a release.
Efforts are being made to compensate for lost time but some projects, such as arterial paving and neighbourhood renewal, may be extended into 2012.
Overall, the city has seen 33 days of rain in the last 43, said Boutilier.
“We know that delaying and rescheduling can be frustrating for citizens,” he said. “But it is imperative that the work be done to the highest standards from the very beginning.
“If we have to extend the schedule in order to ensure that Edmontonians are getting the best quality work for their tax dollars, then we will do so.”
Impacted projects include work on Scona Road and 99 Street, the 23 Avenue and Gateway Boulevard interchange, Lessard Road, and Quesnell Bridge and Whitemud Drive.