Road plans drive ahead

Identifying major road works now could help Enderby officials avoid financial potholes

Identifying major road works now could help Enderby officials avoid financial potholes.

Council has provided staff with some direction for future capital road projects.

“There are lots of options and staff will put together a report on costs,” said Coun. Roxanne Davyduke.

“We want to make sure the improvements we do look not only at the short-term, but also at the long-term.”

One of the potential projects is reconstructing Cliff Avenue east of George Street (Highway 97A) to the Bawtree bridge.

“We want to take a look at it and what it might be for cost,” said Coun. Brad Case.

While the Cliff Avenue project would have the highest cost per square metre, there would be the highest impact in terms of community profile and beautification.

“The road is not yet at the point of failure with the exception of spots closer to the bridge that are evidencing base issues,” said Tate Bengtson, chief administrative officer, in a report.

“Sidewalk and curb drainage is failing due to (tree) root growth.”

Bengtson admits that construction on Enderby’s main street would disrupt businesses.

“Mitigation measures will be used to limit interruptions but there is likely to be impacts nonetheless.”

The other project that may also be investigated further is reconstructing Salmon Arm Drive.

Case insists the city faces a balancing act between the need to provide efficient infrastructure and not  increasing taxes significantly.

“Nothing is written in stone. We’re just looking at what potentially gives us the best bang for our buck,” he said.