Financial support from ICBC and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will help with some of the cost of paving Victoria Street in downtown Trail.

Financial support from ICBC and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure will help with some of the cost of paving Victoria Street in downtown Trail.

Trail gets cash to help with downtown improvements

Trail has netted $150,000 to help with redesigning Victoria St and replace aging infrastructure.

Redesigning the Victoria Street corridor to improve pedestrian safety and replace aging infrastructure has netted the city over $150,000 to help foot the bill for Trail’s revitalization project.

The money will be used to help offset the city’s final costs associated with the capital project this year, thereby reducing the net cost to the city, confirmed David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO).

“Any residual moneys would then be used as a funding source for Phase 2 project costs in 2014.”

The second stage will include building on and maximizing the corridor project and will add the finishing touches to the significant improvements completed this year, added Perehudoff.

ICBC has contributed $28,400 toward the city’s safety enhancements which include bump-outs, enhanced pedestrian crossings and intersection markings.

“Road improvements deliver real value to everyone from drivers to pedestrians,” said Dave Dean, ICBC road safety engineer, in the city’s press release. “The city’s grant is part of ICBC’s cost sharing opportunities for its road improvement program.”

In addition, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) injected $125,000 towards the revitalization project, with paving currently underway in the downtown corridor.

“The ministry took this opportunity to reach out to municipalities along Highway 3B to find synergies to get the best value for taxpayers,” said Todd Stone, MoTI Minister, adding, “while helping to build a safe and reliable network connecting these communities with the rest of the province.”

Construction along Victoria Street was timed to coincide its completion with highway resurfacing that is expected to be complete Nov. 15.

“The Victoria Street revitalization project is multi-faceted,” said Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs. “The support of the ministry and ICBC is a key component to the project.”

The paving project began this summer at the junction of Highway 3 and the Nancy Greene Summit and rolled down the Rossland hill through Warfield, the Gulch and now, downtown Trail.

The $1.6 million paving project includes resurfacing a 1.5 km stretch of Highway 3B from Railway Lane to Victoria Street Bridge and 5.5 km of side roads in Fruitvale, Castlegar and Nelson.

In addition, 6,000 square metres of stop-ways on either end of the runway at the Trail Regional Airport are being asphalted to make it safer and more reliable for take offs and landings, with the regional district contributing $170,000.