That major sewer revamp project on Sherbrooke St. West in NDG is getting underway today, with lane closures expected tomorrow.
And merchants located near the work are girding themselves for three months of possible headaches.
The sewer work along Sherbrooke between Decarie and Grey means shutting down eastbound lanes with one lane of traffic heading west. As of this morning, no lanes were closed but workers were on site getting ready to redirect water supply and orange construction cones were lined up along the north side of Sherbrooke heading west. One lane was closed heading west between Claremont and Grey.
The city says those lanes should be shutting down early tomorrow morning.
The owners of the Sparkle drycleaners on Sherbrooke said the city has been giving them information about the phases of the project and alternative parking but after the delays with similar work on St. Laurent Boulevard and Park Avenue,
"We want to know exactly how long this will take because we are worried we are going to lose our business," the owner told CJAD 800 News.
"This time of the year is spring cleaning, that's when we are waiting for people to give us their business, because this is the big season."
And the work is expected to last into May and June. That makes workers at the Jonah James Café in Westmount nervous since that's heading into terrace time.
"We don't know, we'll just have to see. It's going to be hard to get in here for the people," said the employee, who did not wish to be identified.
"They're going to close here and they're going to close there, and we have a terrasse and it's going to be really dusty and I don't know if people are going to sit there. So I think it's very hard for business."
The work was supposed to start three weeks ago but was delayed because of snowy conditions.