Spallumcheen is waiting for word on senior government grants for road projects.

Spallumcheen is waiting for word on senior government grants for road projects.

Spallumcheen changes transportation plan

Staff is recommending moving the Pleasant Valley Road upgrade, slated for 2017, back to 2018.

Not knowing if a grant application for funding has been successful, Spallumcheen has altered its five-year capital roads plan for 2017-2021.

Because the township hasn’t heard if a second application for funding to the Canada-B.C. New Building Canada Fund has been successful, the public works department is recommending moving the Pleasant Valley Road upgrade, slated for 2017, back to 2018.

“We submitted the Pleasant Valley Road upgrade project (Highway 97A to City of Armstrong boundary) in the first intake (of funding),” said public works manager Ed Forslund. “We were unsuccessful.”

There were, said Forslund, 165 applications submitted for an approximate $109 million available to support infrastructure projects in communities with less than 100,000 people.

A total of 55 projects received funding of which 47 were for water and sewer projects and eight were transportation related.

The township submitted a second application and was recently told by fund officials that a decision would be reached in the winter of 2016-17, which is too late for the 2017 capital project plans, hence the request to move back the Pleasant Valley Road project.

Five projects have been approved at a cost of nearly $1.5 million for 2017.

They include full-depth reclamation to Northwind Drive, Mendenhall Road to Highway 97, Grandview Flats Road (from 2015 works to Corkscrew Road) and Eagle Rock Road.

Lansdowne Road from Hullcar Road to the 5000 block of Lansdowne is slated for asphalt overlay.