Roadway, sidewalk and trail upgrades pitched for Town of Battleford

By Angela Brown
January 23, 2019 - 4:16pm Updated: January 24, 2019 - 10:05am

There are plans for positive strides on the the town's sidewalk improvement project in 2019.

Based on Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) John Enns-Wind’s report at council’s last meeting, councillors wants to see a new sidewalk built and other sidewalks repaired, maintained, and replaced.

The CAO said roughly $50,000 could go toward upgrading the first block of the 22nd Street sidewalk is in poor shape and considered “a liability." He said work on the walkway needs to be completed this year. 

He recommended an asphalt overlay at a cost of $26,000. While asphalt is not the preferred choice, he said it is more cost-efficient than concrete which could run at an estimated $140,000 to $200,000, depending on the width of the project.

In the future, crews may also complete further work to the east of the 22nd Street sidewalk, to link it with the Fred Light Museum via a multi-purpose path.

Other new sidewalks are planned for Second Avenue, from 19th to 21st Streets, at an estimated cost of $60,000.

Enns-Wind noted administrators plan to wait until a consensus is reached to provide direction on revitalizing the town's downtown business section first before making significant investments to the 22nd Street sidewalks.

"Battleford's best resource is history," he said. "It's important we have these monuments, symbols of our history to refer to future generations. When you talk about revitalizing downtown how do you point to the past with that?"

Mayor Ames Leslie said the town is in the process of developing policy for downtown development with the aim to get all businesses on board to create an experience for the downtown, making it "an attraction people want to come to." 

A part of that attraction could include new accessibility to the town's trail system by paving the trail behind the Fred Light Museum.

Beyond sidewalks, the report suggested redesigning and constructing an intersection on Second Avenue between 30th Street and 35th Street.

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