Some city roads get­ting some much needed facelifts

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - JA­SON MILLER

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.”

JA­SON MILLER/THE INTELLIGENCER

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.

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