As the Village Way Path on Gabriola nears completion, the Regional District of Nanaimo has finalized a 20-year maintenance plan with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, starting from the date of the licence of operation, April 7, 2020.
The maintenance plan breaks the path down into three zones. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will manage and maintain zone 1 – from the fog line to the curb. That includes the asphalt curb, catch basins, spillways and other drainage infrastructure. Zone 2, the 30 cm gravel strip between the roadside curb and pathway, will be co-managed by the ministry, who will take care of the gravel, and the RDN, who will look after vegetation., Finally, maintenance of zone 3, the pathway itself, will be the responsibility of the RDN who will look after surface repairs, vegetation control, snow clearing, cleaning and sweeping and signage. Road signage will be the ministry’s purview.
General safety and condition inspection is to happen monthly as is debris and litter pickup. Monitoring and removing invasive plant species will happen once a year.
At the July 8 electoral area services committee meeting, Electoral Area B Director Vanessa Craig noted the snowfall amount that triggers clearing, five centimetres within 24 hours “following the end of a weather event,” the plan says, seemed “like a lot of snow.” In response, Tom Osbourne, general manager of recreation and parks, said that amount is the minimum standard and will be monitored during the first year of service. “If we can exceed those standards, it will be done.”
Maintenance and minor repairs on the path is estimated at $13,000 annually, to be funded through the Area B community parks operating budget.
Rachelle Stein-Wotten, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Gabriola Sounder