Blundon and Adams to get asphalt

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Clarenville gets $4.5 million from province for capital works

Asphalt is coming for Blundon Drive and Adam’s Place.

Both gravel roads, located in Shoal Harbour within the municipality of Clarenville, will be upgraded and paved either later this fall or early next year.

Bob Hiscock, Chief Administrative Office with the Town of Clarenville, told The Packet last week that the town just learned it will get $4.5 million from the provincial government to spend on capital works over the next three years.

The provincial funds represent 80 percent of the funding under the multi-year capital works program, Hiscock explained in an interview.

“The town will add about another $1 million for its 20 percent, so that gives us about $5.5 million in all,” he said.

The town is now awaiting approval from the Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs on the tender documents, which outline the work to be done on Blundon and Adams.

As soon as the town gets that approval it will be able to call tenders for the work.

Hiscock said the aim is to have the contract awarded in time to get the work done towards the end of summer or early fall.

“That will depend on weather, of course,” he said. In the event weather interferes with work this fall, he added, the work might be delayed until next spring. Regardless, the pavement will come because the money is now in place for those two particular roads.

The $5.5 million worth of capital works will also see work on Phase 2 of Memorial Drive upgrades — beginning where the work was completed last year near the TCH intersection near the Orange Store and continuing to the bridge spanning the Lower Shoal Harbour River.

Viking Street, phase two of a three-phase project, is also earmarked for work with this funding, continuing the sewer and street upgrades that began last year.

Warrick’s Road will also see work with the funding for the 2014-17 capital works program.

Hiscock told The Packet the water line on that street is old and starting to corrode, meaning the need for replacement.

“Since we’re going to have to tear up the road to lay down new water lines, council decided we might as well upgrade it at the same time,” he said.

On top of the pot of money set aside for capital works for the next three years, the town council has also earmarked $700,000 from its own budget and through borrowing, to repair some main local roads.

The past winter was a brutal one in many towns and communities, including Clarenville. By the time the winter was over, roads were riddled with potholes.

Hiscock said the $700,000 would be used to repair Balbo Drive, Memorial Drive and Shoal Harbour Drive — the highest-traffic thoroughfares through town.

The town hopes to have tender calls for that work out within the next week or two.

bsimmons@thepacket.ca

Organizations: The Packet, Chief Administrative Office, Department of Municipal and Provincial Affairs Orange Store

Geographic location: Clarenville, Shoal Harbour, Lower Shoal Harbour River Viking Street

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