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No appetite on city council to fund $1.5 million in repairs to Penticton street

The City of Penticton will spend $40,000 to remedy safety concerns with Woodstock Road this year, rather than commit more than $1.5 million for upgrades to bring the road up to municipal standards.
February 21, 2019 - 12:15 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton city council couldn’t justify the cost to bring a residential street up to standard.

Council agreed yesterday, Feb. 20, to safety improvements at a cost of $40,000 rather than approve options laid out by city staff to improve and ultimately bring Woodstock Road up to municipal standards that would have cost upwards of $1.5 million.

The south Penticton street services only three residences, but a verbal report to council by city engineer-in-training Tobi Pettet noted such issues as the road’s 13 per cent grade, steep slopes on either side and narrow, winding single lane construction was also showing signs of geotechnical instability.

The City has consulted with engineers and developed potential strategies that included widening the roadway to six metres along with the installation of a new water main at a cost of $1,537,000, stabilizing the slopes and widening the road to 5.5 metres, along with installation of a new waterman at a cost of $820,000, or upgrading the roadway to municipal standards with the exact cost undetermined.

Staff recommended $40,000 worth of safety improvements to take place this year, which include a lower speed limit, installation of wait areas at the top and bottom of the grade, installation of a curb on the inside of the slope and development of an emergency plan to provide access to the three properties in the event of a geotechnical issue.

Staff will also look into use of a local area service bylaw to have benefitting property owners contribute funding to the project, in addition to providing an annual budget amount to be set aside for long term upgrades of Woodstock Road.

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