GAIL MARTIN, Independent Editor
While the infrastructure deficit of $63 million is a daunting proposition, the township is facing it the best way it can, by setting priorities.
Here is a small sample of some of Woolwich's most pressing needs:
Floradale Road Bridge
This bridge, located 550m north of Florapine Road, is currently under a 10-tonne load limit, making it a significant concern for private transportation companies, local farmers, and emergency service vehicles.
The township conducted a class environmental assessment on the bridge, and approved replacing the bridge earlier this year. The estimated cost of this project is $695,021.
Maryhill Isley Watermain
Replacement of this watermain has been prioritized because of water quality issues, as well as increased maintenance and and high operating costs. The watermains, which use ductile iron and cast iron pipes, were installed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Budgetary constraints will require that this project is done in two phases, with the ductile watermain replaced first.
The work will also include reconstruction of Notre Dame Avenue and Isley Avenue, which were identified in the 2009 Road Needs Study as being of top priority. This work is estimated to cost $973,958.
Woolwich Street South
Reconstruction of this street in Breslau is also on the agenda, and is expected to cost $1.09 million.
The township plans on conducting its annual maintenance paving program again in 2013, which is aimed at roads which require reconstruction and are incurring a high maintenance cost due to their condition, but are not included in the capital forecast due to budgetary constraints. In the 2013 capital forecast, approximately $114,000 has been set aside.
Similarly, the township uses hot-mix resurfacing to try to maintain towship roads. Benjamin Road, Centre Street, Snyder Avenue North, and Water Street and Young Street are in the capital forecast for 2013, with an estimated cost of $667,000.
Woolwich Township Arena
Roof repairs are becoming a priority for this aging facility, which was built in 1974. The project is estimated to cost $293,000, and the township is pinning its hopes on infrastructure funding from the federal government to help with this cost.
A further concern is the money that would be needed to replace the arena. That cost is estimated at $8.3 million.
Leaning light towers
Soccer fields in Elmira have several leaning light towers, which pose a safety concern. The township has applied for funding with the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, seeking $281,600 towards the $563,200 cost.
St. Jacobs Library
This building will, at some point, require upgrades to provide more accessibility. If the township had to replace this building, it would cost $567,300.