Now that spring has officially arrived, it will soon be construction season.
Motorists in Peterborough County can expect to find road cones in several areas this year, including the James A. Gifford Causeway Project.
It is the busiest section of road in the county, spanning Lake Chemong between Ennismore and Bridgenorth.
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This year, the construction zone will also include Yankee Line on the west side of the roadway.
“This includes cycling infrastructure. We are doing paved shoulders there to support that,” said Doug Saccoccia, county director of engineering and design.
“Specifically along the causeway, we are looking to put in place a multi-use trail. It will be adjacent along the roadway. People can walk out along the causeway, it’s a beautiful area to see and it will connect these communities.
The causeway project is also funded by the provincial and federal governments.
Another construction zone is planned for County Road 10 in Mount Pleasant, just west of Peterborough.
It will be an urbanization project.
“It is currently a rural cross-section and open ditches. We’re looking to put curbs and gutters there and paved shoulders for active transportation,” Saccoccia added.
Some of the other projects include the rehabilitation of County Road 42 in Asphodel-Norwood, County Road 4 in Douro-Dummer, County Road 507 in Trent Lakes, and County Road 504 in North Kawartha.
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The Council approved this year’s budget in February, which includes a 2.5% dedicated infrastructure project.
“Of this overall capital infrastructure budget, that equates to approx. $21 million, of which $15 million is for our highway programs. This includes rehabilitation, reconstruction and preservation,” added Saccoccia.
Manager J. Murray Jones said, “We’re going to see a lot of action in the county this year.”
“The vast majority of the budget was for public works and the control of the works that our roads need,” Jones said.
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Like many rural communities, Peterborough County faces an aging infrastructure and a lack of money to meet all the necessary repairs and replacements.
“We’re about $100 million short of what we need to maintain the infrastructure we have now. There’s a lot of work to be done on county roads and we know it. We try to get rid of it every year,” Jones added.
The dedicated infrastructure budget of 2.5% is in place each year to reduce this deficit.
“The infrastructure we have now comes back to haunt us. Bridges and roads were built after World War II. It was job creation. All of that infrastructure is aging all of a sudden,” Jones added.
“We can’t do it on our own. We need the province and the federal government to step in, and they did when we needed to, but we need them.
An interactive map of construction projects planned until 2030 is available on the department’s website.
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