With the summer construction season reaching into the later stages, the people of Moose Jaw have expressed concerns with the state of the city’s sidewalks and whether enough is being done to repair them. But spokespeople with the city’s engineering services department have said that they are working with a limited budget to fix the aging infrastructure.
“We only have a certain budget and we try and do the best that we can to accommodate that,” said city engineering technologist Marlin Stusek.
“We are working to build them up as best we can. But I think, with the budget we have and the work we do, I think we’re in pretty good shape, generally. Of course there’s a lot more we’d like to do around the city. But I think we do maximize the amount of work we can do.”
The city’s engineering department estimates that an adequate annual budget that would sustainably rehabilitate all of the sidewalks in the city would be just over $825,000. But currently the sidewalk rehabilitation program is severely underfunded, operating on about $275,000 a year.
With that in mind, the department had slated 80 slabs of concrete to be replaced, and 700 metres of larger lengths of sidewalk to also undergo rehabilitation this summer. Stusek said they are about halfway to meeting that goal, but some early season repairs to water mains have slowed them down
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