As the City of Regina has just completed its fourth year of its Residential Road Renewal Program (RRRP), a report from administration is giving residents an idea of how much work has been done to date and what kind of construction is on the way.
The report indicated 2017 had a total of 68 projects covering 19.4 kilometres planned. Of those projects, 57 were fully completed while the other 11 that were started but not finished will be completed early in the 2018 construction season.
The city said they only require final paving. Weather, scheduling constraints or increased scope of work caused those projects to be delayed. Funding for those projects carried over as well.
Meantime, eight projects that were initially presented as part of the 2017 construction plan will be deferred to future years.
The program, based on a preventative maintenance approach, is funded through a dedicated one per cent of the yearly property tax increase. The goal is to address roads in fair and good condition before they reach poor condition, which are generally more costly to fix. The RRRP was first established in 2014.
Since 2014, nearly 70 km of residential roads have been fixed. More than $31 million has been spent. Administration is currently reviewing the program for future years, including 2019, 2020 and 2021. City council will have the final say on what the RRRP may look like in the coming years.
In 2018, 51 projects are planned that will cover 16.1 km of roads with a budget of $14.2 million. City staff noted while the funding has increased, the total road length of the projects has decreased.
“This is due to the increases in the amount of concrete replacement required on projects and increases in construction costs,” the report reads.
Seven projects this construction season will be full rebuilds, including portions of McIntyre Street, Smith Street and Assiniboine Avenue. Meantime, 44 other projects will either get thin-lift overlay or rehabilitation treatment, roads like Garnet Street, Argyle Street and 6th, 8th and 9th Avenues.