Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Road Network

The 2017 Capital Projects related to the NRRM's Road Network includes:

 

Older projects of interest include:

Road Upgrading & Renewal (Gravel)

Budget: $500,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
Gravel roads represent approximately 25% of our $173 million in road assets. All NRRM roads have been assessed as to age and condition, and critical areas of concern identified. We continue to set aside (or spend) $500,000 annually for gravel road repairs as part of our Roads Asset Management Plan (RAMP). This enables NRRM to maintain and renew our existing inventory to an appropriate standard, and provide an acceptable level of service now and into the future. Each year, specific projects are identified within this budget according to priority. Work is reviewed against Water, Sewer and Drainage Asset Management Plans to achieve efficiencies where possible. As with our other Asset Management Programs, any unutilized funds are to be carried over to reserves in order to address projects that may exceed $500,000 in the future.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Road Upgrading & Renewal (Asphalt)

Budget: $1,700,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
Each year a condition assessment of our roads is completed and our 20 year plan is updated accordingly. In 2015 we expanded our program to include sidewalks, and curbs and gutters (cement). A plan kick-starting this program identified a $720,000 backlog of spot repairs and replacements for sidewalks and $500,000 for curb and gutter. Staff are continuing to refine the plan for sidewalks, curb and gutter, the required service levels, and the annual repeatable budget to look after the current backlog and maintain the current inventory.

We continue to set aside (or spend) $1.5 million annually for asphalt road repairs as part of our Roads Asset Management Program (RAMP).  This enables NRRM to maintain and renew our existing inventory to an appropriate standard, and provide an acceptable level of service now and into the future.  Each year, specific projects are identified within this budget according to priority.  Work is reviewed against Water, Sewer and Drainage Asset Management Plans to achieve efficiencies where possible.

As with our other Asset Management Programs, any unutilized funds are to be carried over to reserves in order to address projects that may exceed $1,700,000 in the future.  In 2016, $200,000 will be used to address spot repairs to sidewalk, curb and gutter as the walking scores and condition assessments dictate.   The remainder will be allocated for road work.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Pedestrian Connectivity Strategy

Budget: $1,000,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Upgrade
Description:  
A Pedestrian Strategy report was completed in 2015. Areas in Town where sidewalks do not exist were assessed, with recommendations for new installation to improve pedestrian connectivity.  All locations were rated and assigned a Walking Score based on anticipated use (# of residential units/existing connectivity, etc. ) and simulated journeys to various high interest destinations including: schools, recreation locations, grocery stores, restaurants and pub, hotels and other high interest locations (i.e. Town Hall).

This project involves installing new sidewalks pursuant to this Pedestrian Connectivity Strategy, as well as our own unique conditions such as current traffic, road type (collector, arterial, local), bus routes etc. Work will begin in 2016, with continued implementation over the next several years.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

50th Ave South Extension

Budget: $193,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Upgrade
Description:  
Connectivity of 50th Avenue South, from the Woodlands Hotel to the spur connecting to Cordova Way, commenced in 2015. Due to gravel quality challenges that resulted in moisture and compaction issues, the project could not be completed in full.  The remainder of this project will be completed in 2016, providing an opportunity for the road base to be set up and be confirmed prior to moving forward with asphalt and cement work.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Parker Creek Culvert

Budget: $30,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Renewal
Description:  
In 2015 the NRRM replaced the failed Parker Creek box culvert with twin corrugated culverts. The remainder of this project involves finalizing the replacement work including a final application of asphalt and a formal inspection following spring run off to ensure, in particular, erosion prevention was effective.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Streetlight Enhancements

Budget: $50,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Upgrades
Description:  
Since 2012 the NRRM has been making significant improvements and upgrades to our streetlights to improve public safety. We inspect the streetlights for adequacy and seek to improve areas where illumination is most needed. Improvements include longer arms, brighter more efficient lights, and/or the addition of streetlights.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Gravel Sourcing/Production

Budget: $500,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM; Province of BC
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Upgrades
Description:  
The NRRM saw the introduction of gravel production for the Municipality in 2013/14 which resulted in significant cost savings. Much of the NRRM's gravel reserves had been depleted in 2014 due to a number of projects (including the new Recreation Centre parking lot). Last year’s program was deferred as it was found that the Andy Bailey pit was no longer producing adequate gravel quality. This year, we have an opportunity to access the Ministry of Transportation’s (MOTI) Muskwa Heights pit which shows promising quality results and is much closer than Andy Bailey. We are working with the Province to confirm potential outputs from that pit, finalize an agreement to access this pit and proceed with a tender for the production of no less than 10,000 m3 of NRRM gravel. To continue providing gravel sources for NRRM construction, $500,000 has been allocated towards this work in 2016. If we are unable to access the Muskwa pit in a timely matter we will proceed with a tender for the supply of approximately 10,000 m3 representing 1 years’ worth of required gravel needs.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

Simpson Trail Intersection (MOTI)

Budget: $30,000
Funding Sources: 
NRRM
Construction Start Date: 
2016
Type of Work: 
Upgrade
Description:  
Construction of the signalled intersection at Simpson Trail and the Alaska Highway has been completed, and the Agreement with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure fulfilled. However, there is a blind intersection issue at the stop sign which has raised safety concerns. 30% of the remaining funds in have been re-allocated in order to install an additional island, providing a safer location for traffic to stop prior to entering Simpson Trail from the Recreation Centre frontage road. This work will take place in 2016.

Project Updates: Available as project progresses

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