Road repair budget is higher than last year

Get ready for the return of road crews. About a dozen Chilliwack roads are ready to be repaved this summer.

Get ready for the return of the road crews.

About a dozen Chilliwack roads are ready to be repaved this summer.

The biggest chunk of the city’s 2011 paving budget, or an estimated $390,000, is earmarked for the completion of the Elk View Road project, in Ryder Lake, which included reinforcement of settlement sections.

New blacktop is planned for sections of Broadway, Keith Wilson, McGuire, Old Orchard, McGrath, Thornton, Camp River, Boundary, Lindell, and Jesperson.

“It might perk up people’s day knowing which roads are about to be repaved,” said Coun. Pat Clark.

“We put up with the potholes all winter and they get patch jobs regularly, but when it’s time to repave part or a whole length of road, I’m excited.”

The city uses a Pavement Quality Index, or PQI rating system, to determine which local, collector and arterial roads need to be placed on the $2.375 million repaving list. Fifty-five per cent of the total is going to pave collector roads, while 24 per cent is going toward the arterial roads.

The city’s 2011 road rehab list went through as part of the recently approved annual budget, and the total is up by $125,000 over last year’s $2.25 million rehab budget.

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