Some city roads getting some much needed facelifts
City hall is rolling out its most aggressive road resurfacing and patching plan yet.
Public works now has in excess of $2.5 million in its piggy bank to attack a slew of rural and urban roadways in need of a facelift.
It’s the second year of the investment made to bring certain roads up to shape, said Pat McNulty, manager of transportation and fleet services.
“Before that it was $500,000 and last year it went up,” McNulty said of council adding new funds.
Staff have already dipped into the cash allocated by council, awarding a $1.4 million contract to resurface various rural roads including $125,000 dedicated to Airport Parkway alone.
Ten streets, totalling 18 kilometres worth of other roadways, will be addressed under the rural project, including Elmwood Drive, Zion Road, Boundary Road, Craig Road and Pinehill Crescent.
“We have to wait until the spring is over to get this project rolling,” he said.
McNulty will be taking another tender to council for approval next week, for $1.1 million in shave and pave work for the urban roads.
“Hopefully council will award this next week,” he said.
Two tenders in and the calculation of HST rebates and the budget is tracking as anticipated, McNulty said.
“We’re under budget,” he said. “Both the rural road resurfacing and shave and pave contract will probably get going sometime in June.”
Urban roads listed for the shave and pave include Eastwood Park Drive, South George Street, Bogart Court, Sherwood Crescent and Pine Street.
“We just started the shave and pave two years ago and already we’ve done probably 11 streets, so within five years we will probably have 30 streets done,” McNulty said. “People will start seeing the benefits of doing this preventative maintenance.”
McNulty also has $250,000 to conduct slurry sealing of minor wear and tear.
Mayor Taso Christopher touted the shave and pave and road resurfacing programs during Wednesday’s Belleville and District Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
“We’ve raised the level of servicing on our roads,” he said. “We’ve heard loud and clear from constituents and the business community that road maintenance cannot fall behind.”
City hall will be initiating $2.5 million in road patching and resurfacing work this year. That's on top of the millions to be invested into road reconstruction downtown and other places like Herchimer Avenue.