The community at the West end of King Street (including Pebble Beach) has only one entrance/exit; if it were to be blocked – for example by a collapsed culvert – it would be an emergency and a million or so would need to be spent to quickly restore access plus the damage would need to be fixed for another million or so. It makes sense therefore to spend the money now and make sure the access is reliable and not likely to collapse. This logic appealed to the Provincial Government when they looked at applications for infrastructure funds so they approved spending $1.5M of which $1.24M will come from the Province and $250K from the Town. As Mayor John Henderson said: “A good deal”.
Most people would not have noticed the culvert at the West End of King Street, past Burnham but before Tracey Road (see photos below). There are 106 residential properties accessed via this route – at one time, there was an alternative emergency route over the rail lines but that was closed so the only access now is via King Street.
MPP Piccini and Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott were at Victoria Hall today to announce the grant and the project (photo above right). Also at the announcement were Mayor John Henderson, Deputy Mayor Suzanne Séguin plus councillors Nicole Beatty, Brian Darling and Adam Bureau. The project is intended to “renew the life cycle of the structure and ensure the safety of 106 residential properties for another 75 years”.
It’s expected that the replacement for the culvert will look more like a small bridge.
Below are some photos of the road where the culvert is used for the small creek. Anybody know the creek’s name?