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Douro-Dummer considers sidewalks over bridges
May 05, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
The County of Peterborough is in the early stages of planning for the urbanization of County Road 38 (South Street), from the Warsaw bridge southerly for approximately 0.9 km. As the County did with the reconstruction of County Road 4 in Warsaw last year they are asking council if they would like to enhance the project. It is known that anything outside to Counties responsibility fiscally would be the responsibility of the Township.
The county would like to start work on the environmental assessment and preliminary drawings for the project before any public meetings are held and therefore would like to know if the Township would be interested in adding to the project before pencil hits paper.
Harold Nelson, manager of Public Works presented four options for the project and asked council to consider these in the near future. The options are as follows:
Option One • Provide a sidewalk and cantilever the bridge to provide a safe sidewalk (the current width of the bridge does not allow for safe passage or regulated standards). Nelson said this would be the most costly option at approximately $200,000 and Cantilever the bridge, approximately $200,000 for a total cost of $400,000
Option Two: Provide a sidewalk starting from the bridge southerly (this option brings with it liability because in order to cross the bridge, regulation standards are not being met). This would cost approximately $200,000.
Option Three • Provide a paved boulevard that is wide enough for snow storage that pedestrians can also use to walk; however, it would not be a sidewalk and unmaintained in the winter. This boulevard would start at the intersection at Ford Street and Rock Road to the bridge and southerly for the length of the project. This option would cost approximately $100,000.
Option Four • Do not provide sidewalk or boulevard for pedestrian traffic. There would be no cost for this option.
Councillor Tom Watt said “With all the trouble we are having in the township with roads it seems strange to spend $200,00 on a sidewalk. If we agreed to spend this money we would have a lynch mob down here.”
Mayor Jones stated that he did not see any problems the way the road is presently.
Councillor Ray Johnston suggested they defer the matter and have a walk over to the site and have a look.
Council agreed to survey the property prior to the next council meeting on May 16 and make a decision following the review.