West Kelowna wants province to fix road defects

West Kelowna will ask the province to address over $450,000 in defects to West Kelowna road and drainage infrastructure.

A recent report by Strategic Infrastructure Management Inc. indicated West Kelowna inherited approximately $467,500 worth of roadway defects that require immediate maintenance work.

Road maintenance on the Westside was the responsibility of the province until Dec. 7, 2012; now road maintenance is under the municipality’s jurisdiction.

The report analyzed 242 kilometres of roadway by breaking it into 898 road segments. Of those road segments analyzed, 638—or 79 per cent—of the segments had at least one defect.

The majority of defects were due to alligator cracking at an estimated cost of $163,641.

The report goes on to state the remedial roadway maintenance “should have been performed under the provincial contract for compliance and roadway preservation.”

It suggests the district request the repairs be fixed by the previous contractor, funds be transferred so the district can repair the defects itself or the province hire and fund an independent contractor to repair the defects.

Council voted Tuesday to correspond with Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart and the Minister of Community to request the province appropriately address the defects outlined in the Jan. 11 report.

“It’s pretty straightforward there are some deficiencies here that shouldn’t be here. We now have the ammunition to move forward and have discussions with the province,” said Coun. Rick de Jong.


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