Neighbours to share Skye Road overhaul
North Glengarry is proposing to team up with its neighbour, The Nation, to overhaul a 3.2-kilometre section of Skye Road near Dunvegan.
The preferred work would cost $326,781 while a cheaper yet less preferred route would come in at $171,090, North Glengarry Public Works Director Michel Riberdy writes in a report presented to a committee of the whole meeting last week.
The department recommends that the section be upgraded with hot mix asphalt, which would cost $276,000, as opposed to surface treatment, that would cost $120,000. When other work, such as culvert replacement is added, the total hot mix plan would cost $326,781, compared to the total surface treatment bill of $171,090.
The extra money is well spent, Mr. Riberdy says. Mix asphalt has a life expectancy of 20 years with some minor maintenance such as crack sealing to extend the life cycle of the asphalt surface. Asphalt is more durable and can take more traffic loading due to its characteristics.
Surface-treated roads, which last two to seven years, are best suited to low and medium traffic roads. Also, it is recommended to apply another surface treatment application within seven years to extend its service life. Furthermore, farmers tend to break the thin layer of surface treatment while entering/exiting entrances with their equipment during warm weather; there is no load restriction during half load season that applies to dairy farmers.
Skye Road, on the boundary of the two municipalities, requires about $10,000 in maintenance every year. There have been ongoing discussions with Marc Legault, Director of Public Works in The Nation on how to address the ongoing issues with the 3.2-kilometre surface treated strip.
“Initially, we intended to return the road to gravel,” Mr. Riberdy says.
But The Nation objected, noting that if the section would return to gravel, there would be ongoing maintenance to perform such as grading, gravel application to maintain an acceptable road surface and calcium chloride application yearly to maintain the dust at an acceptable level.
The Nation is willing to pay 50 per cent of the cost of Skye Road reconstruction with the condition that the second section (2 Km.) be reconstructed within the next three years.