Resort municipality wants to upgrade sidewalks and boardwalks

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It has issued a tender call that will assess the status of its walkways

Changes could be coming to nearly five kilometres of sidewalk along the north shore in Queens County.

The resort municipality that includes Cavendish and North Rustico has issued a tender that will assess the status of its wooden boardwalk and sidewalks.

Matthew Jelley, chairman of the municipal council, says rising repair costs led to the tender.

"Along the highway there is a wooden boardwalk that was installed in the 90s . . . it's the responsibility of the municipality to maintain it. We're now at the 20-year mark and the maintenance costs are starting to increase,'' Jelley said.

As for the cost of replacing sections of boardwalk that may need it, he said it depends on what type of pressure treated lumber is used because the conditions underneath the boardwalk varies.

Around the Sandspit amusement park, the boardwalk is over asphalt. Over by Marco Polo Land campground it straddles a ditch while other sections are over gravel.

"Each area has their own challenges, moisture conditions and drainage conditions so council is looking to have an engineer of record come out, inspect the current zones, recommend the maintenance programs going forward and identify priorities for either replacement or upgrading.''

To be precise, the resort municipality will be asking the engineer to assess 4.68 kilometres of the sidewalk system.

Jelley said it boils down to safety for users.

"If you have one straddling a ditch and there's a failure of the walkway, it could be a pretty serious fall. We want to make sure we keep on top of those things.''

The funding for the engineering portion of work will come out of the municipality's gas tax allocation. Most of the gas tax money goes to the water and sewer utility, but there is some available for other jobs as well.

Jelley said if major work is needed, they might seek money out of the new Build Canada infrastructure fund.

The tender should be awarded by the end of March. The engineer's report should be in by early June and, depending on what work is required, construction could take place by the fall or spring 2017.

Organizations: Build Canada

Geographic location: Queens, Sandspit

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