Vitalizing Westbank Centre Project Partners
Special thanks to all who helped make this project possible!
Council awarded a construction contract in the amount of $2,586,619 to R&L Excavating for improvements to Brown Road between Main Street and the Gateway Project, just south of Bering Road.
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Cost & Funding
The total project cost is $3.1 million when factoring in additional expenditures such as placing utilities underground, design, inspection and materials testing.
Funding comes from:
Gas Tax Community Works Fund funding
Reserves for Future Expenditures
Savings from the Jim Lind Arena renovation project
Water, Sewer and Storm Sewer Reserves
Brown and Drought
Brown and Dobbin
Brown and Ingram
About the Project
Brown Road Streetscape Improvements were recommended in the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan. A subsequent study, which included public input, was conducted to determine Brown Road upgrade priorities to be built in phases over several budget years. Phase 1 improvements will include:
Road works and repaving
Creation of designated parking areas
Sidewalks, curb and gutter installations (with assistance from Government of Canada, Province of BC and ICBC)
Landscaping and irrigation
Ornamental street lighting
Sewer, storm sewer and water main upgrades (with assistance from Government of Canada and Province of BC)
Placement of utilities (power, cable and telephone) underground, with funding assistance from BC Hydro for the power line installations
The following key considerations were used to design improvements:
Create a high priority cycling and walking route
Develop an alternative "high street" to Main Street
Establish a vibrant, beautiful centre that is accessible and functional all traffic modes
Create a strong sense of place and attractive public spaces to encourage private property owners to develop and redevelop in the area
Ensure pedestrian and cycling needs complement parking and vehicle travel demands
Brown Road streetscape improvements will be constructed in phases. Phase 1, from Main Street to north of Gossett Road was substantially complete June 2014. Future phases from Main Street to Dobbin Road and Dobbin Road to Ingram Road will be constructed subject to council's budget approvals.