The Town of Ladysmith is receiving $296,343 to improve pedestrian safety and expand active transportation networks. The money comes from a BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant.
The town said it will build a sidewalk along Colonia Drive from Brown Drive Park/Kinsmen Park to Malone Road, as well as along Delcourt Avenue to Dunsmuir Crescent.
Completing the sidewalk will provide important pedestrian connections to the Frank Jameson Community Centre, Ladysmith Secondary, Ladysmith Primary and the Holland Creek Trail, according to the town.
“Creating more sustainable solutions for reaching key destinations in Ladysmith supports Ladysmith council’s ongoing efforts to mitigate climate change at the community level,” said Mayor Aaron Stone. “The Official Community Plan review is similarly focused on ensuring now and in the future, we make the necessary investments so that residents can feel comfortable walking, biking or riding a scooter to their destination.”
Council previously endorsed a contribution of up to $127,500 towards the total project budget as a condition of the cost-shared funding delivered by the province. The funds will also help purchase three e-bike charging stations and bike racks, to be installed downtown and at Brown Drive Park and Transfer Beach. The Town will also complete bike sharing road markings along Colonia Drive and Delcourt Avenue and install crosswalks in this area. To monitor the impact of the enhancements, the town said it will purchase two pedestrian/cyclist counters.
The anticipated start date for construction is spring 2022.