A pothole on Fulmar St. in Kitimat. Residents found it both funny and frustrating that the crosswalk stripe was painted over the pothole. Arthur Renwick photo. Jan. 5, 2021

A pothole on Fulmar St. in Kitimat. Residents found it both funny and frustrating that the crosswalk stripe was painted over the pothole. Arthur Renwick photo. Jan. 5, 2021

District of Kitimat to begin road repairs this summer

There is a plan to put in a turning lane at Wakashan Ave and Lahakas Blvd

Kitimat council has shifted some funding from walkway reconstruction to roadway reconstruction in an effort to fix some problem areas around Kitimat.

The walkway reconstruction budget was originally set at $550,000 and the road reconstruction budget was set at $330,000 to address the ongoing programs. District of Kitimat staff brought forward this motion to reallocate the funding as work on the Alexander Ave walkway was delayed.

“The walkway along Alexander between Lahakas Blvd and Charles St, that is the area we will bring forward next year, it has created more challenges than anticipated when they did the survey,” said Alex Ramos-Espinoza, director of engineering services. “That’s why we’re asking for the shift in the funds.”

Road repairs will take place around Kitimat including, the west lane on Lahakas Hill, Mountainview lane repair, Upper City Mall parking lot and repairs near the two-peaks brewery development on Wakashan Ave.

At the end of Wakashan by the Husky at the Lahakas Blvd intersection, there is also a plan to put in a turning lane. Repairs on that intersection are expected to begin in July, paving is expected to begin in early to mid-August with that work wrapping up in early September. Coastal GasLink is covering $150,000 of that upgrade.

Some walkways around Kitimat will also be getting some upgrades including, Alexander Ave to Stickney St, Finch to Fulmar St, Egret to Eagle St and Yukon Park.

The motion was brought forward to update the road reconstruction budget to $580,000 and the walkway reconstruction budget to $300,000 and it was passed unanimously.