City of Parksville identifies capital projects

Several transportation upgrades are coming for the city

The City of Parksville has identified a number of projects in their 20-year capital plan, that are either ongoing, anticipated or underway.

The Moss Avenue upgrade from Highway 4A to Craig Street, a distance of about 405 metres, will be upgraded to the city’s urban local road standard (defined as two 4.25-metre wide travel lanes, for on-street parking and shared bicycle use, complete with mountable curbs and a sidewalk on one side). LED streetlights, new watermain and sanitary sewer main will be installed. The existing storm drainage system will be assessed and upgraded as necessary, with catch basins and new service connection piping. According to the City of Parksville, because the upgrade will place the road under heavy construction and the tree roots in the roadway will be subject to severe damage, the existing median trees will be removed and the city are not anticipating replacement of the trees on Moss. Completion of this project in summer 2019 will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and should promote walking along this corridor.

Also identified in the plan, is the replacement of culverts at Craig Creek. Located on NorthwestBay Road, west of Terrien Road, Craig Creek is a salmon and trout stream which passes through the culverts under Northwest Bay Road. Twin culverts installed by the Ministry of Transportation are now experiencing failing headwalls, elevated inlet/outlets restricting movement of fish and capacity concerns during peak winter stream flows will be replaced to meet current hydro-technical guidelines. This project to be completed summer 2019 falls under the scope of the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act.

McKinnon Street will also see upgrades. About 400 metres on McKinnon from Harnish Avenue to Hirst Avenue will be upgraded to the City’s urban local road standard and LED streetlights, new watermain and sanitary sewer main will be installed. The storm drainage system will be assessed and upgraded as applicable, along with catch basins and new service connection piping. Completion of this project in summer 2019 will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety and should promote walking along this corridor.

Pym Street work from Forsyth Avenue to Humphrey Road will include upgrade of about 250 metres of asbestos cement watermain, rebuilding of 300 metres of road structure and repaving, reinstating paint lines and installation of streetlights. Forsyth upgrades will include about 170 metres of asbestos cement watermain and installation of a formalized drainage system from the Pym Street intersection to Cameron Street. This project is scheduled for design in 2020 and construction in 2021 with design of works and services for Forsyth to be completed at this time as it interfaces directly with the Pym work.

Analysis of the storm water network on Pym Street, Blenkin Avenue and Camas Way will determine if system upgrades identified within the city’s 2016 storm drainage master plan are required. In the 2016 storm drainage master plan, the storm network under these streets was found to be flowing at full capacity or in some cases overcapacity at Official Community Plan buildout projections. Field investigations and capacity modelling are required to confirm whether these mains require upgrading.

Finally, about 100 metres on Wallis Street from the south end of Morison Avenue will be upgraded to a modified urban local road standard. LED streetlights, watermain and sanitary sewer main will be installed and the storm drainage system will be assessed and upgraded as applicable. The sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems will have inspection chambers installed at the property line for more efficient future maintenance access and operations. When complete in summer 2019, this project will improve the safety for vehicles and pedestrians.

— Submitted by the City of Parksville/NEWS Staff

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