How  Charlottetown's capital budget breaks down

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The city's new capital budget contains money for significant upgrades to the intersection that takes in Belvedere Avenue, Brackley Point Road and St. Peters Road, commonly known as the "Vogue Optical" intersection.

One of the more confusing intersections in Charlottetown is getting a roundabout this year.

City council unanimously passed its annual capital budget on Monday, $11.26 million that is earmarked for a number of projects in 2016.

The money includes significant upgrades to the intersection that takes in Belvedere Avenue, Brackley Point Road and St. Peters Road, commonly known as the "Vogue Optical" intersection.

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The city has been purchasing the necessary land and doing design work the past few years, but if appears the bulldozers are set to move in this spring.

The city is also eyeing changes at the so-called Ken's Korner intersection, which takes in Weymouth Street, Longworth Avenue and Euston Street, but it isn't on the schedule for this year. Things are still in the preliminary stages now but consultants are expected to recommend how best to reconstruct that intersection.

There will be money in the capital budget for energy efficient updates in the parkades and municipal buildings, such as a system that regulates the heat in the public works garage on MacAleer Drive.

A fire station design is also on the list, although the city has yet to finalize where a centrally located station is going to be built.

Public works gets the usual bells and whistles. Money is there for pedestrian signals, traffic lights, new sidewalk installation and storm ditch infilling, as well as paving and patching streets.

More than $2 million is being set aside for fire and emergency preparedness. Some of the money will be used to buy generators to run municipal buildings that would be open for the public in the event of prolonged power failures. There's also some cash for radios to ensure all departments are on the same frequency.

Victoria Park is getting $70,000. Upgrades are needed to the clubhouse as well as to the area around the cannons.

Urban beautification is getting money as efforts continue to take down trees that have Dutch elm disease, as well as plant two trees for every one destroyed on public property.

Transit is getting money for new buses, but Charlottetown's contribution depends on Stratford, Cornwall and the province chipping in.

The city's wastewater treatment plant on Riverside Drive also needs to repair its digesters. As part of the treatment process, there are two tanks that are enclosed tanks. One is a primary unit and one is secondary, both critical components for process and treatment of sludge.

The tanks aren't being replaced as much as they are being rehabilitated to address aging components on them.

 

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Belvedere Avenue, Brackley Point Road Peters Road Korner Weymouth Street Longworth Avenue Euston Street Victoria Park Riverside Drive

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  • This Person
    February 16, 2016 - 15:43

    What Charlottetown needs is a full-time parking authority instead of Mon to Fri 8 to 4 and only in the downtown core. Tow cars, give tickets, boot cars, downtown and all over Charlottetown week days and weekends, holidays, at night I really mean anytime! It wouldn't even cost anything the fines would pay for the wages of the staff. People would be shocked they can no longer park wherever they want whenever they want. Next to stop sign Subway at Queen and Kent, blocking right lane in front Bakery on Great George, blocking the right side of the handicapped parking spot at Starbucks on Queen and so on.

  • Jim
    February 12, 2016 - 05:45

    Nothing in the budget for even one monthly drive Northridge Parkway Andrews crt area thru by the City Police ? We have {NO} police presence in the area.

  • city resident
    February 11, 2016 - 17:21

    What about money to replace inefficient high pressure sodium street lights with new high efficiency LED street lights?

  • Bill MacIver
    February 11, 2016 - 14:33

    I get a great kick out of you idiots who hear something at Timmies and then think it is true, like "'I heard where they are going to ban the Hippo and tour busses from Queen Elizabeth Drive because the rich Brighton people can tell Clifford what to do." Then in the same breath say the people who live on Queen Elizabeth Drive are getting a sidewalk they don't want. If you weren't so stupid you would see that if the "Brighton People" were as powerful as you claim, they would just tell city hall they don't want a sidewalk and they wouldn't get it.

    • Izzy
      February 11, 2016 - 14:55

      Lol. My favorite post of the day! Common sense is in short supply these days.

  • Cromwell
    February 11, 2016 - 14:12

    Perhaps Charlottetown can use, as a model, the 'roundabout' recently installed at the equally-confusing (?) intersection at Stanley Bridge. Roundabouts are designed to replace traffic lights and smooth traffic flow, so the situation at this intersection on St. Peter's Road, is a good application. However, roundabouts also mandate attentive and courteous driving habits, such as observing speed limits, deferring proper right-of-way, signalling, etc., which, unfortunately, have not, as yet, found their way to PEI.

  • Local Driver
    February 11, 2016 - 12:23

    Yeeeee - haaaaa! Finally, the Vogue Optical intersection will get a roundabout this year. It should have been the first roundabout put in Charlottetown. Currently it is the stupidest intersection in the city. Green lights in-bound are way too short in time. Hurrrrrrrrrrry-up. Get it done. I would even increase my city tax payment for this one!

  • Lawrence
    February 11, 2016 - 12:21

    Heard where a large sum is going to narrow up Queen Elizabeth Drive in preparation for closing it to all tourist tour bus traffic. The Brighton snobs are tired of being gawking at by tourists.. They say jump and Clifford says "how high".

  • George
    February 11, 2016 - 12:12

    Why are they putting a sidewalk in on Q.E. Drive? It is a lovely wide street with shoulders for traffic other than cars. If they narrow it up, maybe they will ban the tour busses and the city tours, - there can't be room for everything.

  • concerned
    February 11, 2016 - 12:12

    City dollars should be spent staffing the fire hall located on st. peters road. why should half the city get half the service, while people paying the same rates downtown receive a 24/7 staffed fire hall? volunteers are great, but cant help but think about the response times of guys at the hall versus volunteers coming from their homes to the hall and then out the door.

  • Hickey
    February 11, 2016 - 12:08

    No apparently not, - everybody,- Queen Elizabeth Drive is getting a side walk, that is not needed and nobody wants, - hundreds of thousands of dollars worth. There are places where a sidewalk is much more urgent, but for some unknown reason the Brighton snobs are getting something THEY DON'T WANT, but come hell or high water, by God they must accept this sidewalk. Something smells funny here????

  • Round Aboot
    February 11, 2016 - 09:10

    You get a roundabout, you get a roundabout, everyone gets a roundabout!!!!!!!!