By Gord Bowes, News staff
Sections of Upper Sherman and Upper Wellington street need to be brought up to urban standards, says the central Mountain councillor Scott Duvall.
Those are just two roads in urgent need of attention, says the Ward 7 councillor.
In the case of Upper Sherman and Upper Wellington, the area between the Lincoln Alexander Parkway and Rymal Road is nearly fully developed, said Duvall, yet sections of the roads are still what is classified as rural — basically designed for low traffic volumes and not having curbs and gutters.
While Upper Sherman is being ripped up over the next few weeks to put municipal services in for a new subdivision, it will receive a simple repaving, not brought up to modern standards. “We’ve got lots of homes going in there — why are we not doing the street at the same time?” Duvall asked.
Duvall is pushing for those roads and several others to be put on the city’s to-do list over the next few years.
Parts of Rymal, Mohawk and Fennell also need some work in Ward 7, he said. Those streets were on the annual councillor bus tour last Friday, where representatives from each ward highlight projects they believe are in urgent need of funding and should be included in the city’s budget.
The lifespan of major arteries is about 25 years compared to 50 or more for a side street.
Mohawk from Upper Wentworth to Upper Wellington has received temporary fixes but it needs to be reconstructed, said Duvall. Fennell from Upper James to Upper Wellington also needs to be done
“It’s all been eaten away and eroded and we continue to do patchwork,” he said.
There are many roads across the city which need repairs or upgrades, Duvall said, and he understands there isn’t enough tax money to do all the necessary work. But those sections of Mohawk and Fennell need to be done sooner rather than later yet at this time they are not scheduled to be done, he said.
“They’re not even on the horizon.”
Concession Street is the next major project in Ward 7, Duvall said. It is expected to be reconstructed in 2015.
Another road Duvall wants to see brought up to urban standards is Chipman Avenue, which runs east off Upper James.
While there is a huge housing development in the area, Duvall said, the street is not wide enough for two buses to pass and there are problems with winter snow clearance.