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Work continues in Charlottetown on the city's extensive sewer separation project.
Province asks capital to submit its top five list for work under the Build Canada program
A new fire station and another two roundabouts are on the City of Charlottetown’s priority list for 2015.
City council has agreed to submit a list of five projects it considers important under the federal Build Canada program.
The total cost of those projects is more than $33 million but that figure includes the combined federal, provincial and municipal dollars and the complete cost of the work, not just what would happen in 2015.
And, it’s a wish list. All of them, some of them or none of them could happen. These are also cost-shared projects with other levels of government. The city will likely have another list of projects it’s doing on its own.
The provincial government has not yet signed an agreement with the federal government to get the money flowing but it’s doubtful that even if there was a signed agreement in place now that any new construction projects would begin this year.
Charlottetown’s priority list includes construction of a new fire station, a project that would cost $5 million.
The city had been looking at purchasing property on Capital Drive this year but engineers felt the site was not ultimately suitable so the search for a location is back on.
Coun. Jason Coady, chairman of the advanced planning and priorities committee, says they’d still like to find a location in the north end of the city, adding that the search is underway.
Two roundabouts are also on the list. The city is eyeing upgrades to the Vogue Optical intersection but has also listed the intersection of Northridge Parkway and St. Peter’s Road as a possible location for a new roundabout.
Coun. Terry Bernard, who represents the area, has stated for years that the entrance/exit to the Hillsborough subdivision is a safety concern.
Both roundabouts would cost the three levels of government about $3.9 million.
The list includes two projects that are both well underway. Federal dollars are needed to proceed with the next phase.
The first one is the Spring Park sewer separation project. The city would like to tackle phase 5 and 6 in 2015. The total cost of that project, split three ways, would be $5.3 million.
When the project began, Charlottetown had 13 kilometres of piping in the ground that handled both storm water and waste water. Heavy rains, at times, caused effluent to spill into the harbour. This project aims to put the cork in those spills.
The list also features the final phase of the Miltonvale water supply, a $15.6-million project, that will create a second source of water for the capital.
“The province asked us for a short list of priorities,’’ Mayor Clifford Lee said, adding that the province will use that list in its talks with the federal government about how the federal infrastructure money will be spent.
Lee said he expects an agreement will be signed in short order.
“It’s my understanding that not a province in Canada has signed any agreement yet,’’ Lee said in response to concern from councillors at news P.E.I. and Ottawa have yet to sign on the dotted line.