Grant money pours into Davis Ave.
The cost of Davis Ave. road construction just got a little bit cheaper for the city.
The provincial government announced June 10 that it's putting $375,000 towards the renewal of Terrace's 4600 block of Davis Ave. through a Towns for Tomorrow grant.
“Community infrastructure is essential to the development of strong communities,” said transportation and infrastructure minister Blair Lekstrom in a press release.
“Towns for Tomorrow helps smaller B.C communities build and improve neighbourhood parks, recreation centres and local water systems, all of which contribute to the well-being of families.”
The province is handing out $17.2 million to 47 communities to help with infrastructure projects.
The Davis Ave. road reconstruction project is estimated to cost $1.1 million for the roadwork and $130,000 for the waterworks. Work began in late March.
It's one of the two major roadwork projects the city is undertaking this summer, the other being McConnell Ave. from Thomas St. to Marshall St. that council approved earlier this year.
During budget talks this spring, council also discussed possible projects that were not in the budget in the event of money being freed up through government grants. Some of these items included the Co-op building demolition, estimated to cost $314,000; reducing the major industry tax rate, which could cost $55,000 per year; and purchasing the airport lands where the Skeena Industrial Development Park lies, which comes at a $725,000 price tag.
Since 2007, the Towns for Tomorrow program has handed out close to $70 million for 201 infrastructure projects throughout the province.
Terrace was given $375,000 for its Frank St. Well project in a previous Towns for Tomorrow allocation, a grant that freed up city money for other water projects.