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Funding request for road work part of Monday’s council meeting

Cumberland council is being asked for nearly $88,000 more to finish work on First Street.

Engineering technologist Joel Clarkston is scheduled to present a report to mayor and council tonight, asking for $87,946 to finish the optional contract work on First Street from Penrith to Dunsmuir.

This work is part of the Roads and Utilities Capital Works project, which has been going on since last year.

In the report, the project contract was awarded to Knappett Industries for $2 million at the September 25 council meeting, where it was decided to leave out the optional work out of the contract.

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“Staff explored other potential funding options and weighed this work against other active transportation project priorities stemming from the development of the upcoming Transportation Master Plan,” said Clarkston.

“Unfortunately, no grant opportunities since the awarding of the contract have been able to be used towards the funding of this optional work and the completion of this work is deemed a high priority as well as being critical to the successful functionality of the new street design.”

The report mentions that the optional work will include 2-meter-wide concrete sidewalks, wheelchair letdowns, driveway letdowns, and allowances for excavation, rock removal, and removing existing sidewalks.

The report says the upgrades will improve pedestrian and lane access for residents.

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The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Dunsmuir Avenue.

A livestream of the meeting can be found here.

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