The first year of Cranbrook’s ambitious roads program is an example of Council following through on an election promise.
Pratt says council promised during the 2014 Municipal Election roads and infrastructure were their top priority.
“We were definitely focused on making something happen,” Pratt says. “The first year, we did a lot of mill and fill to show them that we were serious about it and let them know that before we went to the public to borrow the money to do the big projects this year. Now, we’ve delivered on that promise.”
Lee Pratt says future years of the roads program will not be as big as 2017, but they plan to budget for constant work.
“This year, we were just shy of $15 million, which was a big undertaking,” Pratt says. “We’re in budget talks right now, but we’ve set aside in our mind that going forward, we’re going to do about $5 million a year.”
Cranbrook borrowed $10 million from the Province through a public referendum to add to their roads work budget this year
The City says this additional funding allowed them to conduct extensive road resurfacing and rehabilitation, while addressing important priority water and sewer infrastructure investments throughout the City including a full reconstruction of 2nd Street South from Highway 3 through to 10th Avenue South.
– Cranbrook Mayor, Lee Pratt