A multi-use path to connect Sahali with the downtown will stand a better chance of receiving provincial funding support with a detailed design.
Council unanimously approved a contract Tuesday with Urban Systems to cover design of the Peterson Creek route, long identified as holding the highest priority among active transportation projects. The design contract is not to exceed $330,000.
The 1.7-km paved trail between Glenfair Drive and Summit Drive would accommodate bicycles as well as pedestrians, providing a safer and more direct route. A preliminary design report was done four years ago. Total cost of the first phase of the project has been estimated at $3.25 million.
Liam Baker, city transportation engineer, told council that they were unsuccessful in obtaining funding through Bike B.C. in the spring due to the lack of a design. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure program demands shelf-ready projects.
The project depends on provincial funding in order to proceed since there are insufficient funds in the City’s active transportation budget.
“We’ll have a much better chance next year,” Baker said. “This will help us and still leaves the door open.”
Bike B.C. will fund up to 50 percent of the eligible cost for cycling infrastructure.
Seven proposals were received for the design work. Urban System’s bid of $270,000 scored the highest overall.
The design phase would be complete by spring 2017 in time for the next intake of applications for Bike B.C. funding. If successful with the application, construction of the first phase could begin in 2017.
Part of the design contract includes identification of other funding sources.
Coun. Marg Spina said she uses the existing dirt path regularly and is amazed at how much use it receives.