Armstrong road receives full upgrade

Colony Street residents in Armstrong will have a chance to look at major plans in the works for their roadways.

A public meeting to discuss the complete upgrade of Colony Street will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. in council chambers.

“It will become a first-class street,” said Coun. John Trainor, chairperson of the city’s public works committee. “There will be a sidewalk running from Rosedale to Colony Avenue, and the entire area will be curbed.”

Underground pipes built in 1962 will be replaced, and storm and water issues will also be part of the upgrade.

“We will eliminate the puddling and pooling problems we’ve had on that street over the years,” said Trainor.

The budget for the project is $946,000, but the estimate for the roads/storm, water and sanitary upgrades haa come in just slightly higher at $948,000.

Construction would take approximately eight-to-12 weeks to complete with work likely to start in April. A full road closure of Colony Street will be required, though emergency and local resident access would be available during construction.

Colony Avenue, meanwhile, is scheduled for a full upgrade in 2016 which includes installation of storm drainage to rectify existing drainage issues and replacing the old cast iron water main.

To complete this work in conjunction with this year’s Colony Street project, the estimated costs for storm drainage installation would be about $45,000.

The water main replacement would be an additional $65,000.

Council voted to tender the Colony Avenue project as being separate from Colony Street, and will be part of the upcoming budget deliberations.

The city will spend another $190,000 for three other major capital projects this year on Okanagan  Street and Heather Avenue, along with major asphalt reconstruction and repairs on locations that have yet to be determined.


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