Project brightened up

It will be bright city lights once a major facelift is completed.

The City of Vernon will spend about $20,000 more than expected on street lights during the revitalization of 30th Avenue from 33rd to 35th streets.

“We want to  be consistent with the previous (revitalization) phases and keep with the esthetics,”  said Mark Dowhaniuk, infrastructure engineer.

The original budget for lights was $180,000.

“We’re now talking about a 20 to 30 per cent increase in lighting,” said Dowhaniuk, adding that this should create a welcoming atmosphere for residents.

The entire revitalization project is estimated to cost $2 million but the actual figure will be known once tenders close.

“We hope to get the work underway in the middle of March and we’re on target for that,” said Dowhaniuk.

The project should be completed by June 21.

The eastern sections of 30th Avenue were revitalized years ago but property owners between 33rd and 35th streets previously opposed participation because of the cost.

However, in November 2012, a majority of the property owners agreed to provide $250,000 for street furniture, decorative bricks and twinkle lights.

The city will contribute the remainder of the $2 million for sewer, water and asphalt upgrades.

“All of the businesses, property owners and the city are excited about the project starting,” said Dowhaniuk.



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