City road work season arrives

With spring firmly here, so is the city’s road building season

With spring firmly here, so is the city’s road building season.

Here’s a look at what residents can expect as spring turns into summer.

Major projects

There’s going to be a major overhaul, including water service and storm drainage, subsurface and surface on Park Ave. west of Kenney leading toward the back end of Canadian Tire.

Work is to start this week, finishing mid-July at a cost of $510,000 plus $164,000 for the water work.

McConnell between Eby and Sparks is also up for a major overhaul. There’s no set start date but the city has set aside $600,000 for the road portion, plus $160,000 for the water service portion.

Smaller ones

A number of “pulverize and pave” projects, four in north Terrace and three in south Terrace, are to occur.

The list includes repaving of Eby from Olson to McConnell. Preliminary work starts next week with a completion date of early June at a cost of $196,000.

Tuck from Eby to Sparks is to be repaved with work also to start next week with an early June completion date. Cost: $113,000.

Kenney from Graham to Keith is to be repaved. Work is to start as early as this month with an early June completion. Cost: $287,000.

Molitor from Graham to Keith is to be repaved. Preliminary work to start this week with an early June completion. Cost: $224,000

Eby from Haugland to Keith is to be repaved. Preliminary work has started aimed at an early June completion. Cost: $113,000.

On the books but with no starting dates or costs is the repaving of Skeenaview Drive and the repaving of Lanfear Hill.

Finishing up

Two projects from last year are to be completed. Davis at a cost of $2,500 and Scott at a cost of $25,000.

Safer crossing

A new traffic light system is to be installed at the pedestrian crossing on Kalum Ave. in front of the Willows Apartment building. A start and completion date has yet to be set.  Cost: $60,000.

This light will be controlled by those wishing to cross the street.

Two wheeling

The Kenney from Graham to Keith repaving project will be accompanied by new bike lanes.

The estimated completion date is early June. It’ll be financed by a $41,000 provincial grant and matched by the city.

Bike lanes are to be 1.5 metres wide, a standard now set by the province.

City public works director Rob Schibli said the repaving and the bike lane work will take place at the same time.

The list of projects this year reflects the city’s goals set out in a five-year work plan, he said. There’s no direct contact with the public on what roads should be redone each year.

“We do it based on condition, traffic volume and infrastructure conditions,” said Schibli of annual road plans.

But residents can petition city hall to cost share paving on streets that are currently unpaved. The same program can help provide sewers and other water service.

There are no local area services pending for 2013, Schibli said.

The city also responds to routine maintenance complaints like filling in potholes and other resurfacing suggestions.

The city’s Talk-Back line (250 638 4778) is one way for residents to register requests or complaints.

What the readers say

USING FACEBOOK, The Terrace Standard sought out reader opinions as to what streets need work.

“We now weave all down [Graham] to miss the potholes. It would also be nice to have more sidewalks on the south side so our kids don’t have to walk on the road when they go to school,” wrote Theresa Moffat while Pam Holland Zettergeen noted that the 4700 Block of Walsh between Eby and Sparks has gotten worse. “No repairs ever done to that block,” she said.

Melissa Jason and Ashley Pierce both said the 4700 Block of Soucie between Eby and Sparks needed work.

Read more at The Terrace Standard Facebook page.



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