Laurentian Hills faces $5M roads bill

by Vance Gutzman

There are a lot of roads in Laurentian Hills, and the municipality will have to invest a lot of money to keep them in good working order.

That’s according to a roads needs study prepared for the town by consulting firm McIntosh Perry.

The draft study, which recommends a 10-year plan for the municipality’s hard-surface roads, was presented to council’s public works committee last week.

“It is important to note that, despite the municipality’s intent to spend nearly $2.5 million during the next 10 years, the road system will continue to deteriorate without a greater financial commitment,” the study states.

“Not only is the current quality of roads at stake, but the loss of the underlying gravel base in the pavement structure is also threatened by inadequate spending levels for road restoration and maintenance.”

Included in the study is a recommendation for a 10-year capital program, based on the spending limits available to the municipality.

“In order to maintain the current condition ratings, it is estimated that approximately an additional $2.6 million would need to be spent above the budgeted $2.5 million over the next 10 years.”

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