The City has plans to spend $86 million on projects this year, and Mayor Michael Fougere says they are ahead of schedule.
“Street sweeping is well underway, pothole repair well underway, construction projects are beginning right now, so we’re ahead of the game, no question about that.”
Norman Kyle, Director of Roadways and Transportation says the one percent tax increase dedicated to roads will go toward 58 projects this season.
“Now with that dedicated one percent, that’s 20 kilometres that three years ago wouldn’t have even been looked at.”
$5.5 million will go to residential roads, $12.85 million to alleys and pavement maintenance, and $6.5 million for traffic signals and pedestrian corridors.
Pat Wilson, Director of Water Works says they have several projects they’re working on, including sewer main relining, and upgrades to the McCarthy Boulevard pumping station.
“The water relining is about extending the life of those lines, and if we do that we’re less likely to have to dig up roads that may have just been fixed.”
Fougere also took the opportunity to remind drivers to use caution and slow down in construction zones.