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Holland Creek Crossing
To find out about the proposed crossing over Holland Creek, please read our Frequently Asked Questions below. For more information, call City Hall at 250.246.6400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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4th Avenue Lane Closure at Rocky Creek
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Frequently Asked Questions - September 26, 2018
Q1: Why is there single lane/alternating traffic at the 4th Avenue crossing over Rocky Creek?
- During late winter/early spring 2018, Ladysmith experienced heavy rainfall resulting in storm flows into Rocky Creek which exceeded the capacity of the existing culvert on 4th Avenue. The first storm washed out the sidewalk and most of 4th Avenue’s southbound lane. Town of Ladysmith staff carried out a temporary repair and re-opened both lanes. However, a second heavy rainfall that occurred a number of weeks later once again damaged the upstream sidewalk and a portion of the southbound lane. At this point, following recommendations from an engineer, Town staff closed the southbound lane and initiated an inspection program to monitor the crossing over Rocky Creek.
- During these inspections, it was determined that the existing culvert was failing and a portion of the upstream section of the culvert had started to collapse. Further consultation with an engineer confirmed that the structure was in need of complete replacement.
Q2: When will construction on the new crossing start?
- The Town had originally intended for construction to begin in the fall of 2018, following a tendering process. However, it has now been determined that construction will begin in the spring of 2019.
Q3: Why is this process taking so long?
- The initial construction schedule for the new crossing in late summer and into the fall meant a specific design that would comply with regulations governing of the type of work carried out in a fish-bearing creek.However, we realized that with a longer construction window starting in spring 2019, we have the ability to consider other design options, which may result in lower costs to the taxpayer.
- After extensive consultation with our engineers, we have made the difficult decision to harden the existing crossing in preparation for winter and retender the project in the spring.
- This option requires the removal of the first two sections of the existing culvert which are badly damaged, riprapping the crossing, installing a culvert on either side and above the invert of the existing culvert to act as overflow channels, and removing a cedar tree which poses a hazard to the crossing.
- It also means that the single lane/alternating traffic will continue through the winter, as our engineers have advised us that it is not possible to put in a temporary two-lane roadway over that section of the creek.
- The advantage of this option is that it will allow retendering of the project over the winter with a summer construction period that avoids issues such as working within a narrow fisheries timeframe. We expect this option will result in cost savings to the Town. In addition, it gave staff additional time to prepare two emergency secondary access routes.
Q4: Why did the Town buy land at Churchill Place?
- During the tendering process, it became apparent that the existing one lane crossing would have to be closed completely during construction.To address this issue, the Town purchased property at 1260 Churchill Place for the purpose of constructing an emergency access route that will be available during the construction period and should eventually become a permanent connection between Churchill and McKinley.
Q5: Why did the Town pay $900,000 for this property?
- The Town paid market value for the Churchill Road property with a long term goal in mind of creating a permanent secondary access route for that area of Ladysmith. Currently, there is only one primary route in and out of the area and the existing Timber West forestry road is located on private land. We are confident that this plan will benefit Ladysmith residents now and into the future.
Q6: What happens if the single lane crossing fails over the winter?
- Work to harden the existing crossing in preparation for winter is underway. Following this work, in the unlikely event that the crossing fails, drivers can use one of the two secondary access routes.
Q7: Where are the secondary access routes and when will they be opened?
- One route connects Churchill Place to McKinley.The other involves the Timber West forest service road at the end of 4th Avenue.
- The new gravel road through the property at the end of Churchill Place is now complete and ready to be used as necessary in the even that 4th Avenue needs to be closed.When 4th Avenue is open, this new route will not be used.
- The Town has also upgraded the existing emergency access route that is located at the end of 4th Avenue and connects with the Timber West forestry road.
Q8: Will the Town clear the secondary roads of snow and ice as needed?
- Yes, the Town will clear both roads in the event they are covered with snow and ice.
Q9: What is the Town doing to protect the safety of drivers and pedestrians in this area?
- Traffic on 4th Avenue in the vicinity of the crossing is being reduced to 30 km/hr, and signs will be posted.We will be requesting the help of Citizens on Patrol (COPs) to carry out speed checks that will remind people to slow down in the area.When a detour through the secondary access road (Churchill Place) is needed, the Town will employ flag people to direct traffic and pedestrians safely.
Please call Infrastructure Services at 250.245.6445 if you have any other questions or concerns.