Council has given the green light to a $3.75 million contract for rehabilitation work on Trout Lake Road.
Councillor Chris Mayne, Chair of the Infrastructure and Operations, says it will be one of their major capital projects this summer.
“Effectively we’re going to see a complete improvement of the road section of Highway 63 between Mountainview and Lees Road, the addition of a new sidewalk between Mountainview and Lakeside and bike lanes on either side of the road all the way from Mountainview through to Lees Road,” he says.
Mayne also says the province is contributing most of the funding for the project.
“The Connecting Links Program is actually funding $3 million of the $3.75 million so we’re getting excellent value for the money we’re contributing as a municipality to this project,” he says.
The work also includes the replacement of an existing storm sewer system.
“That particular space between Average Joe’s and Lees Road has been a huge problem over the years with respect to flooding, water issues, ice issues in the wintertime,” says Councillor Mark King.
A staff report says the area faces significant challenges from overland flows especially in the winter when water freezes on the roadway due to insufficient drainage and grades.
The entire project involves about 1.6 km of Trout Lake Road.