‘A wise in­vest­ment’

City coun­cil votes to have Char­lot­te­town board­walk sec­tion re­placed

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

An­other sec­tion of the Char­lot­te­town board­walk will soon get an up­grade.

Coun­cil voted dur­ing Mon­day’s meet­ing to ac­cept the low bid of $119,025, HST in­cluded, from James C. John­ston As­so­ciates for the “Phar­macy Board­walk Re­place­ment” project.

The work will see the ex­ist­ing board­walk re­moved and re­placed with a new struc­ture, about 951 feet in length start­ing at the HMCS Queen Char­lotte and go­ing past the phar­macy to the Mar­itime Elec­tric pump­ing sta­tion.

It will see the cur­rent un­treated spruce lum­ber re­placed with treated ma­rine-grade lum­ber, as well as a six-inch gran­u­lar base added.

The re­place­ment is con­sis­tent with what the city be­gan about two years ago, first up­grad­ing the board­walk at Vic­to­ria Park and then be­hind the culi­nary cen­tre.

“We’re striv­ing to have the same ma­te­rial and have that con­sis­tency with the board­walk all along the water­front,” said parks and re­cre­ation com­mit­tee chair­man Mitch Tweel, who said he would like to even­tu­ally see the board­walk ex­panded even fur­ther.

“I think it’s a wise in­vest­ment. It’s an in­vest­ment that can be uti­lized by all de­mo­graph­ics.”

The up­grade will see the strength of the board­walk in­creased to help pre­vent plow dam­age dur­ing win­ter clean­ing.

The res­o­lu­tion’s back­ground noted that staff had rec­om­mended the re­place­ment as the pre­vi­ous board­walk was “be­com­ing ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to main­tain at a safe level for pub­lic use.”

“Be­fore we re­placed the board­walk in Vic­to­ria Park, it got to the point where it was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for the staff to do any type of main­te­nance re­plac­ing the sin­gle boards and what not. Nails were com­ing up, it wasn’t safe,” said Tweel.

The work on the project will be­gin in the next cou­ple weeks and should be com­pleted in July.

Coun­cil also voted to ac­cept a quote from CADC for project man­age­ment and pro­fes­sional fees for $7,475.

The amount will be ex­pensed to the 2018 parks and re­cre­ation cap­i­tal bud­get.

BABALPREET KAUR/THE GUARDIAN

Jane Beast­all, an el­der-dog worker, en­joys a re­cent walk on the board­walk in Char­lot­te­town. This Vic­to­ria Park por­tion of the city’s pop­u­lar board­walk was up­graded a few years ago, and this week city coun­cil an­nounced sim­i­lar up­grades are planned to...

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