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This article was published 14/8/2015 (1619 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Summer is here. Along with the sun and the heat, summer means road construction.
As I canvassed St. James–Brooklands–Weston last year, I heard one thing loud and clear: we need to fix our roads. I completely agree and have made upgrading and repairing roads one of my top priorities as your city councillor.
Today, I am happy to update you on several projects throughout the ward.
Ness Avenue: Rehabilitation work on eastbound Ness from Rutland Street to Queen Street was set to begin this summer. I am proud to announce that an additional $1.6 million has been committed to the project.
This is brand-new funding. With this additional money, the eastbound lanes of Ness from Overdale Street to Rutland Street (a total of eight blocks) will also be rehabilitated.
However, the project’s expanded scope moves its timetable from the 2015 construction season to the spring of 2016.
The larger project by necessity requires additional lead time to conduct a thorough review of the existing surface and underground infrastructure and to produce the additional design drawings.
Plans call for the project to be advertised and awarded this fall, meaning that a contractor will be in place to start as soon as conditions permit in spring 2016. Though the delay is regrettable it will ensure the best use of taxpayer’s dollars while increasing the amount of work to be done.
Portage Avenue: Resurfacing work will begin soon on westbound lanes of Portage Ave between Moorgate Street and Moray Street. From mid-August until early October 2015 new asphalt will be installed, along with repairs to curbs and sidewalks.
Sturgeon Road Roundabout: Work has begun on a new roundabout at Sturgeon Road and Silver Avenue/Murray Park Road.
This roundabout is designed to handle the area’s increasing residential and commercial traffic.
Coun. Shawn Dobson and I will be hosting a public information meeting regarding the roundabout project on Sept. 14, 7 p.m. at the Heritage Victoria Community Club.
Representatives from the Public Works department will be in attendance to explain the project and answers questions.
I hope to see you there.
Finally, I’d like to welcome my new executive assistant, Adam Reisacher. If you have any concerns or questions, Adam is happy to take your calls and emails when I’m out of the office.
St. James - Brooklands - Weston city council ward report
Scott Gillingham is the city councillor for St. James - Brooklands - Weston.