Salt Spring Island, BC – On August 8, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved the recommendation to award a contract for approximately $1.2 million to Bowerman Excavating Limited for the construction of bike lanes and walkways on Lower Ganges Road on Salt Spring Island. This work is part of Phase 1 of the North Ganges Transportation Plan (NGTP), which will see bike lanes, an off-road pathway and road safety improvements.
"This exciting initiative has been a number of years in the making,” said CRD Area Director Wayne McIntyre. “The project will deliver social, environmental and economic benefits to our community, improving safety for walkers, bikers and drivers alike. I would like to thank members of our community for their involvement. Their support has been instrumental in driving this project from its inception.”
“The North Ganges Transportation Plan has been correctly characterized as a public-driven project,” said Donald McLennan, SSI Transportation Commission Chair. “Safer conditions for pedestrians and cyclists are the key motivating factors behind the plan. The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure joining the NGTP team makes for a terrific three-way partnership with Salt Spring taxpayers and the CRD.”
Funding for the construction portion of the project is made possible by a three way partnership including a $254,000 contribution from the Salt Spring taxpayer and drawn from the capital reserves of the Salt Spring Island Transportation Commission, a contribution of $450,000 from the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, with the remaining funding provided through Community Works Funds.
All property owners and businesses on Lower Ganges that will be impacted during construction have been contacted by the SSI Transportation Commission and CRD staff. Construction is expected to begin in September. -30-
For further information, please contact:
CRD Corporate Communications