PV improvements stalled

Plans to upgrade Pleasant Valley Road in Spallumcheen are going back to the books

Plans to upgrade Pleasant Valley Road in Spallumcheen are going back to the books.

The township had originally planned on upgrading the road from Highway 97A to the City of Armstrong boundary in 2016. But failure to acquire provincial and federal funds has pushed the project back at least another year.

“We applied for it and we didn’t get it,” said Mayor Janice Brown of the New Building Canada Fund – Small Communities Fund.

Spallumcheen’s was one of 165 applications, which 55 received funding.

“Provincial staff advised that the application package was well done and recommended that the environmental benefit of the project should be emphasized,” said Ed Forslund, public works manager, in his report to council.

Environmental benefits include a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions on the PV Road project through the use of full-depth reclamation construction (rather than full-depth construction).

“The full-depth reclamation process requires less material handing which results in the reduction of GHG emission,” said Forslund.

Therefore staff will be altering its application and moving the project to 2017.

“We’re going to do an environmental study and a few more things and see if we can’t make it more attractive for the grant submission,” said Brown.

The revised 2016 capital road projects will be:

– St. Anne’s Road from Highway 97 to Otter Lake Road

– Otter Lake Road from St. Anne’s to Larkin Cross Road

– Larkin Cross Road from Otter Lake Road to the bridge

– Stepney Cross Road from bridge to Back Enderby Road