Council shuffles funds for 23rd Street repairs
Town council has moved funds from its capital budget to address urgent infrastructure repairs on 23rd Street.
It is an issue that has drawn growing concern this year from residents in that area.
At council`s regular meeting on June 26 councillors approved a motion to free up the necessary funds.
Council was told about $550,000 was originally earmarked in the Town of Didsbury’s Public Works 2012 Capital Plan for full infrastructure replacement with pavement rehabilitation on Southridge Crescent. Any funds remaining were to be used to fix up 340 metres of roadway on 23rd Street, from 15th Avenue to just past 12th Avenue.
However, due to the past winter and spring being especially hard on the road along this stretch of 23rd Street, the issue has become intolerable for many residents and there is an urgency to make the necessary major repairs.
In a report to council administration staff said although there is ongoing work that still needs to be done on Southridge Crescent the scope of it can be limited to allow for funds to be shuffled towards work on 23rd Street.
“At one time developers up there were planning on doing some development and part of that was going to have to bring the servicing in. We were going to have to rip up that road to put in new expanded services up to them,” said Mayor Brian Wittal. “With the downturn of the economy it was decided not to move forward with that development over the last couple of years. There has been a lot of concern from residents because it has really deteriorated this last couple of years.”
Wittal said the increasingly bad condition of 23rd Street has forced the town to act immediately. With council’s approval, the town has decided to pull just over $67,000 out of the Southridge Crescent budget and into what is needed for 23rd Street.
Council was told June 26 that Didsbury’s West-Can Seal Coating Inc. has submitted a $67,284 quote to pulverize and double seal coat the problem section of the road. It is the only company in Didsbury capable of providing the service.
Wittal said the town will review the completed work and decide later in the year whether more urgent upgrades are needed for 23rd Street.
“We will see what happens from there to the south. It is in fairly decent repair. This is the worst part of it, from 15th up to about 12th,” said Wittal.