City, region work together on roads

Teamwork is moving a major infrastructure project ahead.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will spend $980,000 on a Pleasant Valley Road water main replacement, and the work will be done in conjunction with the City of Vernon’s road resurfacing.

“This is the way projects should be done,” said director Rob Sawatzky, adding that efficiencies can be found by digging up a road only once.

“It makes much more financial and practical sense.”

The current water main pipe on Pleasant Valley Road, between 41st and 48th avenues, is 100 millimetres in diameter and made out of asbestos cement.

“It needs to be up-sized to meet fire flows and and it’s a very old pipe,” said Zee Marcolin, Greater Vernon Water manager, adding the pipe was installed 40 years ago.

The city and GVAC try to schedule their infrastructure projects when possible.

“This strategy assists in reducing costs for both the city and Greater Vernon Water while also protecting city roadways by reducing asphalt repairs due to leaks/breaks in the old water mains should they not be replaced,” said Marcolin.


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