Warden Diana Brothers. File
Some of the worst subdivision streets in Kings County could be repaved before the snow flies.
Kings Chief Administrative Officer Tom MacEwan said the municipality’s Bylaw 50 outlines the current process for paving provincially-owned subdivision or J-Class streets. After the county and province agree on a priority list, residents in the affected areas would be petitioned to gauge support for covering the municipality’s share of the cost. However, such resident petitions have been unsuccessful.
After learning there was surplus provincial funding in the program, county council approved having Warden Diana Brothers writing a letter to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal asking them to reserve $1 million for Kings County. The province agreed, as the municipality is prepared to explore funding options to cost share up to $1 million.
County council approved a list of streets to be paved as part of the initiative at the Aug. 13 council session. This means there is $2 million in paving work to take place, likely before the end of the current construction season.
MacEwan said municipal staff worked with staff from the provincial department to identify which subdivision streets were in the worst condition. There were visual inspections, traffic counts were conducted and the type of paving was taken into consideration.
MacEwan said, after the subject streets are paved, they will no longer be under the J-Class cost-sharing program and will become the responsibility of the province. Subject streets were constructed prior to 1995. There are subdivision streets in Greenwich, New Minas, Coldbrook, Aylesford-Auburn, Port Williams and Kingston on the list approved by council. In total, 15 kilometres of roads will be paved county-wide.
Council has yet to determine how the municipality would fund the project or where the $1 million county contribution will come from, although Brothers said surpluses are being explored.
Brothers added that the process of determining which streets would be given priority was not political in any way.
More to come.