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City of Campbell River estimates $8 million for 16th Avenue upgrade

An overhaul of 16th Avenue – a project that city councils have been considering for more than a decade – will cost millions of dollars, according to a recent staff report.

Redeveloping the section of road between Dogwood and Ironwood streets has been on the radar since the year 2002 but shovels have yet to go in the ground.

Last week, Drew Hadfield, the city’s transportation manager, released a report to council on the most recent projection for the job.

“The estimate for this project is $8 million,” Hadfield wrote. “Identified funding is through a number of sources including the LIP (local improvement project), DCC’s (development cost charges paid by property owners), and utility contributions. Approximately 30 per cent of this project is currently underfunded.”

The design for the project is 75 per cent complete. Highland Engineering was hired by the city in late 2010 at a cost of $245,918 to provide the design component of the improvement project which extends from just east of the Dogwood and 16th Avenue intersection through to Ironwood Street.

Hadfield said the project involves several components.

“This design includes the tie-in and frontage improvements to businesses on the south side of 16th and to the dwelling on the north side of the road; replacement of the underground utilities – water, sanitary, storm and third party; surface and lighting improvements; and new traffic signals at Dogwood and 16th.”

The street has been a popular topic of discussion for several councils in the past. The local improvement project for 16th Avenue was first designed in 2002/03 by the city’s engineering department.

But the project is costly and involves a great deal of work, making council hesitant to commit during this year’s budget planning sessions.

“Council, during the 2014 budget deliberations, expressed concerns related to the budgeted costs associated with these upgrades,” Hadfield wrote. “The scope of the work for this project not only includes the replacement of water, storm and sewer lines but a complete surface rebuild to include a three lane cross section, sidewalks on both sides of the road, upgraded lighting, new traffic lights; and the associated landscaping/property access and grading required. In addition to this, the power, cable and phone lines would be placed underground.

“There are additional expenses with these third party utilities in this area as this is a primary corridor for both hydro and telephone.”

Hadfield noted that projects such as the 16th Avenue overhaul typically cost in the $8 to $10 million per kilometre range to complete.

Part of council’s aim with the upgrade project is to convert the 16th Avenue corridor to a multi-modal street and remove the existing truck route designation, in order to satisfy the 2007 Downtown and Campbellton Area Transportation and Parking Plan.

 

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