Repairs are finally coming to the thoroughfare between Towers Road and Spencer Drive in Charlottetown.
It has been the source of much angst with the public due to its poor condition.
It isn’t technically a road yet. It has in the past served as part of the parking lot for Cineplex and was owned by the Charlottetown Mall. Lately, motorists have been using it to travel from the Sports Chek end of the mall to the Babineau Drive complex housing Canadian Tire and Sobeys.
The City of Charlottetown couldn’t step in and make repairs because it didn’t own the land. That is in the process of changing.
The mall and the city are working on an agreement where the city will take it over and convert it into a street. That includes repairing the numerous potholes in the parking lot portion of the area as well as the poor condition of Spencer Drive itself.
When finished, the new road will serve as an official connector road between Towers Road and Spencer Drive.
The city has awarded the tender for the work to Duffy Construction in the amount of $582,709.
Coun. Terry MacLeod, chairman of council’s standing committee on public works committee, said the bulk of the work will be carried out in the spring but the matter with the potholes will be addressed almost immediately.
Coun. Mike Duffy, a member of the committee, said the city has been taking a tremendous amount of heat from the public this year due to the condition of the road, so much so that he asked the municipality to issue a press release explaining that it was powerless to do anything until now.
Dave Stewart is the municipal reporter for The Guardian.