Gerry Sorensen Way project under budget, Kimberley Council learns

Upper level paving almost complete; lower level open

The lower portion of Gerry Sorensen Way is now open for traffic to the ski hill.

Paving is taking place on the upper part of Gerry Sorensen Way as the $4.5 million rebuilding project nears completion.  In fact, the bottom portion of the road opened this week. Mayor Don McCormick says the second layer of pavement on the upper stretch of the road was being completed this week, then it’s just the gutters to finish.

“The weather is causing a little grief,” he said. “But the plan is to be done by the end of the month.”

At City Hall this week, Council was pleased to learn that so far, numbers indicate that the project will come in under budget.

“It’s awesome to be under budget for a project this size,” McCormick said.

McCormick also said it was encouraging to hear that the Kimberley Underground Mining Railway finished their season in the black despite the problems Gerry Sorensen construction created with access to the downtown station.

“We also want to thank Norton Avenue residents for their incredible patience with the extreme traffic volume this summer.”

The City received a $4.5 million grant — or 100 per cent of costs, whichever is lesser — for the Gerry Sorensen Way Reconstruction project under the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund.

There will be no cost to the taxpayers of Kimberley unless the budget does exceed $4.5 million, which looks unlikely at this time.