In­fra­struc­ture re­newal in Car­bon­ear

Some $4 mil­lion in up­grades on­go­ing; coun­cil hop­ing for more

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

Some $4 mil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture up­grades are ei­ther started or in the plan­ning stages in the Town of Car­bon­ear, and mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers are hop­ing for more as money is soon al­lo­cated from the prov­ince’s 2012 cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

Work is well un­der­way on Phase I of a $1.25 mil­lion project on London Road — an im­por­tant col­lec­tor road that con­nects Colm­bus Drive with Pow­ell Drive — that will see the in­stal­la­tion of new water and sewer, paving, curbs/gut­ters and side­walks.

And ten­ders are ex­pected to be called soon for Phase I of a sim­i­lar project on Lemarchant Street, roughly from Joe Tay­lor’s Lane to Burke’s Lane.

Some sig­nif­i­cant resur­fac­ing work — es­ti­mated at some $600,000 — will also be com­pleted this sum­mer on the fol­low­ing: Crowdy Street, Earle’s Lane, Val­leyview Heights, Butt’s Av­enue and Park Av­enue.

These projects were ap­proved as part of the 2011 cap­i­tal works pro­gram, with the prov­ince and the town shar­ing the costs.

“We feel we are mak­ing a very sig­nif­i­cant step in im­prov­ing streets in the town,” deputy mayor Ches Ash stated last week. “And we are ac­com­plish­ing some sig­nif­i­cant up­grades in our water and sewer for two ma­jor ar­eas of the town (London Road and Lemarchant Road).”

Town lead­ers are es­pe­cially

Ches Ash is deputy mayor of the Town of Car­bon­ear.

up­beat about up­grades for Lemarchant Street, since the cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture is un­able to han­dle any sig­nif­i­cant runoff dur­ing heavy rain­falls.

“It’s not un­com­mon to see water bub­bling up from the man­holes,” said town ad­min­is­tra­tor Cyn­thia Davis.

Coun­cil ac­cepted the terms of an agree­ment with an en­gi­neer­ing con­sult­ing firm at its May 7 meet­ing, and the next step is to agree on de t ai l e d d rawi n g s for the Lemarchant Street project, added Ash.

“We don’t an­tic­i­pate any un­due de­lays,” he stated.

Town lead­ers are now pa­tiently wait­ing for word on how the prov­ince will dis­trib­ute fund­ing from this year’s cap­i­tal works pro­gram.

In bring­ing down its 2012 bud­get late last month, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment an­nounced an in­vest­ment of $130 mil­lion over two years for new mu­nic­i­pal in­fra­struc­ture projects.

Towns the size of Car­bon­ear (3,000-plus) will pay 20 per cent of the project cost, while the prov­ince will in­vest the re­main­der.

The town has ap­plied for some $9 mil­lion in projects, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional phases for London Road and Lemarchant Street, and resur­fac­ing of the fol­low­ing: Bond Street, Val­ley Road, Fraizes Av­enue and Jane’s Av­enue.

“We’re hop­ing to get some of those,” said Davis.

ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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