An unexpected deep freeze that hit Texas in February has delayed the reconstruction of Plank Road in Sarnia.
Plank was to be done between Indian Road and McGregor Side Road this year, but a shortage of plastic watermain pipe has shelved the project until next spring at the earliest, City Hall says.
The Texas cold snap resulted in power outages that shut down that state’s massive petrochemical plants, contributing to a global shortage of the specialty plastic used to make the large underground pipes, said David Jackson, the city’s general manager of engineering.
“It’s not feasible to complete the work and rebuild the road before the onset of winter,” he said.
Reconstruction of adjacent Gladwish Drive West could be finished this fall if a pipe delivery is confirmed.