The City coordinates a variety of construction projects over the summer months including roadways, water, drainage, waste water, facility and forestry projects throughout our community. This coordination allows a consistent approach to construction planning, optimizes available resources and prioritize projects objectively. Based on this approach, construction projects will be varied by ward as not all wards are scheduled for each construction type. The capital and operational projects we work on are determined through our annual budget process. (View map of 2017 construction projects.)
The RRR Program is funded through an annual one per cent mill rate increase dedicated to residential streets, as well as 25 per cent of the Street Infrastructure Renewal Program. Using a preventive maintenance strategy, appropriate treatments are applied to the pavement at the right time to ensure longevity of the infrastructure and provide safe and reliable infrastructure in neighborhoods across the city. This work on local, residential streets falls under three categories:
- Thin-lift – Localized failures are repaired and the streets repaved.
- Rehab – Sidewalks, curbs and gutters are repaired or replaced to improve drainage and pedestrian safety, streets are milled which means top layers of old, worn asphalt is removed and then repaved.
- Rebuild – Water/wastewater repairs, complete concrete replacement, road surface is rebuilt and paved.
Street Infrastructure Renewal Program
Based on a condition rating, streets are selected to extend the life of the road structure by applying one of the following treatment solutions:
- Reconstruction - Existing base structure and asphalt layer is removed and replaced. This is often combined with the replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter.
- Rehabilitation - A portion of the existing asphalt layer is removed by milling, or scraping, and replaced with new asphalt. Concerns related to sidewalks are addressed as well.
- Thin-Lift Overlay - Paving the road with a thin layer of asphalt on top of existing pavement where the road shows signs of wear, however, generally still in a good condition. Good drainage is a key factor, i.e., curb, gutter and sidewalks must also be in a good condition.
Water Infrastructure Renewal
Projects help maintain and improve the City’s drinking water system to ensure safe, clean drinking water throughout the city. In addition to water system improvements completed in conjunction with road construction, a number of stand-alone water construction projects take place, including relining and repairing pipes nearing the end of their lifecycle.
Sewer Infrastructure Renewal
Projects help maintain and improve the City’s domestic sewer and storm water systems. In addition to the wastewater system improvements completed in coordination with road construction, stand-alone wastewater construction projects take place, including relining and repairing the sanitary and storm water system, to extend the life of the overall system.
Replacements and repairs, as well as maintenance work such as resurfacing, cleaning and sealing to preserve both vehicle and pedestrian bridges.
Installing and upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals to ensure the safety of the travelling public.
This treatment is used to extend the lifecycle of a local road and addresses multiple severe deficiencies by repairing them together. This is done by adding a thin asphalt layer to the road. Sidewalk, structural and drainage concerns are not typically addressed.
Paved Alley Reconstruction
Existing base structure and asphalt layer is removed and replaced with new material, or the existing material is recycled on the spot and replaced as a layer of new asphalt, to help with drainage and ensures a smooth driving surface in alleys. Paved alleys are maintained on a 10-year rotation and funded by a special tax levy for alley maintenance.
Recreation Planning & Partnerships
Projects involve design and/or renewal of existing parks, recreation areas, or athletic fields. It could include installation or replacement of shade structures, tree and shrub planting, and play structures to ensure residents have an enjoyable outdoor space in their community. Work also includes assisting with community-funded initiatives within the park system.
Forestry – Tree Planting & Landscaping
Pruning, maintenance and planting of trees, flowers, grasses, shrubs and other greenery to enhance our greenspaces.
Local Infrastructure Improvement
These projects include City development and building of things such as pathways and road extensions to help ensure a connected network, supporting the priorities of the Official Community Plan. These projects also include non-City new builds or improvements for businesses or condominiums.
Improvements and maintenance to City-owned properties and buildings to ensure we can continue to provide services to residents in all neighbourhoods. Projects may include renewing City-owned recreational facilities like skating rinks, public pools or spray pads, as well as upgrading facilities like the landfill or transit.