The problems on the west side of Victoria Street in Dundalk are more than skin deep.
Although numerous potholes have been capturing drivers’ attention for a few years, there’s more going on under the surface.
A recent public works report that recommended applying for a grant to support a major project there provides a picture.
STUDIES FOR UPGRADES TO VICTORIA UNDER WAY
Triton Engineering has been doing survey and preliminary design on Victoria Street from Russell to Ida Streets this year.
Underground, the work would include installing sanitary sewer between Ida & McAuley Streets.
The pre-engineering design work being done by Triton is budgeted at $290,000.
New watermain, as needed, is also part of the project. The public works report said that numerous watermain breaks along Victoria Street in past years have raised its priority for replacement.
Although the asset management plan, using usual life expectancy, said that it would need to be replaced in 2030, this section of the watermain is also ranked as a high-risk of failure.
A reconstruction project would include a new eight-metre wide road with a sidewalk on one side, and curb and gutter.
Based on the pre-engineering design by Triton Engineering, the estimated cost to replace the Victoria St watermain and also to extend the sanitary sewer would be about $8.6 million.
The 2021 10-year capital forecast budgets the Victoria Street watermain replacement as a multi-year project from 2022 to 2029, funded through taxation and water/wastewater rates.
If the ICIP application for the drinking water part of the project were to be successful, however, the project would need to be completed in 2022/2023. The costs over the grant funding would need to be funded through debt.
Southgate has had a mixed record getting needed funding for its infrastructure projects.
The Township will use the Grant Match service, which takes a percentage fee if the project is approved for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Green Stream grant.
The program funds drinking water projects in municipalities with a population of 100,000 or less that support rehabilitation of assets with critical health and safety issues.
M.T. Fernandes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Dundalk Herald