Main drag upgrade contract awarded

Repeated flooding one problem to be addressed

Maglio Installations of Nelson is the successful bidder for the job of a number of storm, water and crosswalk improvements to Columbia Avenue.

The Maglio firm was the lowest bidder – a condition of the award which was endorsed during a special City Council meeting on July 28.

A number of factors were considered in the advancement of this project, as pointed out in a related report by Castlegar’s Department of Transportation and Civic Works (D of T&CW). Movement on the matter was deemed desirable due, in part, to:

• perennial flooding near the entrance to the Stellar Place development

• a 2010 development permit for construction of an apartment building at 2225 Columbia Avenue, plus expected development of nearby lots, which motivated the D of T&CW to commission an 8-inch water main to cross Columbia Ave. in the vicinity.

“This will allow future development to proceed without costly disruptions to Highway 22,” the report described, “and provide fire protection without without extending fire hoses across Columbia Avenue.”

The report goes on to mention that if a proposed development for 2225 Columbia Avenue goes ahead a recovery of about $18,000 in water main costs could be realized.  A long-standing issue is also seen to be addressed with the decision to go ahead with a crosswalk at 22nd Street.The total price of the contract is $335,902.38 plus HST.Conditional on the award are stipulations that no traffic disruptions will be allowed during the BC Senior Games, and that Columbia Avenue be repaved prior to the start of the school year.