Councillor questions new sidewalk construction

The city is spending $283,964 on new sidewalks, predominantly in the Campbellton area.

The sidewalks are being built in the 15th Avenue area as part of the city’s sidewalk infill program.

Coun. Andy Adams, at the June 10 council meeting, said the new sidewalks are a nice addition to Campbellton but questioned the side of the street city staff chose for the sidewalk on Spruce, between Highway 19A and 14th Avenue.

“Can you explain the rationale as to why it’s being constructed on the side of the road that it is, versus the other side of the road, which has a deep ditch, that could have resolved some safety concerns and some drainage concerns?” Adams asked.

Ron Neufeld, the city’s general manager of operations, said the east side was chosen for two reasons.

“The pedestrian corridor and all the crosswalks are aligned on the east side and staff looked at the obligations of filling in the ditches in order to accommodate those sidewalks and there would have been a fair amount of drainage work required first before we would’ve been able to put the sidewalk in,” Neufeld said. “That wasn’t part of this budget, so it was more economical to put them in on the east side.”

Adams said while he could appreciate the economics of choosing the side without the ditches, he couldn’t understand the connectivity factor.

“There is no connectivity to sidewalks going up Petersen or across 19A,” Adams said. “So that one’s sort of questionable.”

Neufeld agreed that there are no other sidewalks in the area but said there are crosswalks located on the east side of the street.

Construction of the new sidewalks is already underway in Campbellton, in and around  the 15th Avenue area of the city.

As part of the sidewalk infill program, the city is installing roughly 1,642 metres of concrete sidewalks, 12.8 square metres of concrete driveway restoration and 1,518 metres of concrete barrier and mountable curbs.

Funding for the project is being split between the city’s Community Works Fund which is made up of Gas Tax revenue from the federal government, and through Development Cost Charges which the city collects through new development.

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