Como Lake closure set to begin Saturday
A section of Como Lake Avenue will be closed for three days beginning this Saturday to allow Evergreen Line contractors to safely reposition a portion of the guideline which moved off its temporary supports last month.
Como Lake Avenue (between Clarke Road and Elmwood Street) will be closed Saturday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, April 13 from 8 a.m. to midnight and Monday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drivers will be detoured during this period and pedestrians are encouraged to follow traffic control personnel and posted signs while construction is underway. However, access for local residents will be maintained.
The detours are as follows:
• drivers traveling westbound on Como Lake Avenue will be detoured left on to Clarke Road and then Smith Avenue. Drivers will then be directed north on North Road to continue traveling westbound on Como Lake Avenue.
• Drivers traveling eastbound on Como Lake Avenue will be detoured right on to North Road and then Smith Avenue. Drivers will then be directed onto Clarke Road northbound to continue traveling eastbound on Como Lake Avenue.
In an information bulletin, the contractors EGRT Construction said there will likely be noise from heavy machinery but efforts will be made to minimize it.
On March 14, a temporary spacer on the columns on the southwest side of the intersection failed, causing the beam to fall and rotate. Project Manager Amanda Farrell said at the time that the guideway, which will eventually hold the tracks of the SkyTrain line, was not in any danger of falling onto the road. However, Clarke was immediately closed for awhile in both directions.
Additional costs from the additional work will be paid for by the contractor.