Plumbing work will begin for Ladysmith’s downtown public washroom on Sunday, May 16.
Work to connect the facility to storm, sewer, and water services will be carried out by David Stalker Excavating. Work is expected to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Sunday was chosen as the best day to carry out the work to mitigate the impact on downtown businesses and the early start time was chosen to further mitigate any impacts. If all goes well, work is expected to be complete by 10 a.m.
The water line is located on the west side of First Avenue and the new public facility is located on the east side of the street. First Avenue between High Street and Roberts Street will be closed that day to vehicular traffic between 6 am and 12 pm.
The structure has been built and painted. The paint colours were selected with the help of the Ladysmith and District Historical Society. The exterior of the building features hardy plank and a heritage facade so that the building blends in with other buildings on First Avenue.
“The washroom project is coming along quite well and the Kinsmen wish to thank the Town and employees for their help and guidance. The support from many local businesses and volunteer organizations has also been a huge plus and has helped to make this truly a community project,” Kinsmen project chair Duck Paterson said.
All of the fixtures have been procured by the Kinsmen and work is expected to take place throughout May and June. Work will be done to install a drinking water fountain, flower planters, a sign for the washroom, a map on the side of the RBC building, and reinstalling the Clarence Knight bench.