Holyrood council hopes some upcoming infrastructure upgrades along North Side Road will address the concerns of residents.
Through cost-shared Multi-Year Capital Works funding with the provincial government, armour stone reconstruction work will begin this year for an area along the shoreline adjacent to the road. The total cost of the work planned for 2019 is almost $152,000, with the town paying $13,764 after its GST rebate.
Mayor Gary Goobie said council members have been hearing from residents for quite some time about the state of the road, and the general area, especially after heavy rainfalls. He said securing funding from the province to support the work is of great benefit to the town’s taxpayers, as it means the municipality doesn’t need to borrow from the bank to get the job done.
“I just want to say that I understand the residents have had quite a concern with that area, particularly with children commuting back and forth to school on the buses and whatnot, and during certain times (like) after heavy rainfall and then a bit of freezing. The conditions were certainly deemed as, I guess, dangerous. And now we’re able to get this project done and completed. It’s certainly good news.”
The money became available for the work through savings from previous cost-shared projects with the province, according to Coun. Jim Joy, chairman of the infrastructure and public works committee. Joy added the funding will not cover the full extent of the work council has in mind for the area, but he considers it a good start. Joy said council will continue its efforts to secure funds to address road drainage and general enhancements in the area. According to the mayor, some of that work would involve increasing the elevation of North Side Road.
The motion to accept the funding was approved unanimously.