The cold weather has added a delay in the backfilling process at the Civic Centre Plaza Project site.
“We’re kind of stopped as far as backfilling goes,” said Bill Babey, vice-president of Colliers International in Regina and spokesman for the project. “The dirt is frozen. So we can’t compact it properly. I mean, there’s a way to do it when it’s frozen, but it’s really expensive so we’re going to wait until spring.”
However, he said it shouldn’t delay the construction of the 74,000-square-foot project that is set to begin in spring. The estimated time of completion is six months after construction begins.
Babey said compacting the ground would “only take a couple of weeks in the spring.” He said if Moose Jaw gets a lot of snow, the bottom of the hole would turn to water and that could cause delays. However, he said he was not anticipating that scenario to happen.
“We had hoped to have the hole backfilled by Nov. 15, but there were demolition delays,” said Babey. “We made a decision to kind of hold off on it until the ground thaws so we can get proper compaction.”
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