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Engineers combating Montrose Cultural Centre drainage issues

Some changes are being made to the re-construction of the entrance to the Montrose Cultural Centre.

The building has been slowly sinking into the ground, causing cracks in the sidewalks and drainage issues as a result of the original grading. Work on the repairs got started at the beginning May.

Facility Maintenance Manager Mick Phillips says the changes were decided as the entrance was being excavated.

“The engineers recommended that we not put engineered fill back in but that we actually go with what’s called tile rock. It will be a little bit more money for the tile rock to be put in but then we’re saving money on the engineered fill that has to go back in and then be tested for compaction.”

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There are also steps being taken to keep the north side patio intact with the building.

“The patio area that was actually moving away from the building and sinking is actually going to be attached – or doweled- right to structure when it’s finished. Even if there is some movement in the future, which there shouldn’t be, that will be covered.”

Phillips says despite the changes work on the $650,000 project is still expected to be finished on time in September.

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