Smooth sailing on Gerry Sorensen Way

Bottom half should reopen soon; top near end of October

Delays will continue on the top half of Gerry Sorensen Way through October.

Kimberley residents and visitors will soon be gliding up the newly paved Gerry Sorensen Way ­— now pothole free —  as the project continues on time and on budget.

The bottom half up to the junction with Norton Avenue is almost done, with just gutters being installed this week, said Mayor Don McCormick.

“BA (Blacktop) is doing an amazing job — this project is what they do and they are doing it well. It is on time and on budget, and there is a healthy contingency built in.

“Staff is comfortable there will be no surprises. The bottom half should be open soon.”

Work continues on the top half, and those travelling up the hill should continue to expect delays.

“It’s going to be fantastic for the community to see Gerry Sorensen Way done,” McCormick said. “Just the visibility of it will give a positive impression.”

This is only the first of several major paving projects in Kimberley, he says.

“There are plans for other arterial roads,” he said. “We are looking at redoing 4th Avenue, Norton Avenue.”

While the Gerry Sorensen project’s entire $4.5 million cost was covered by grants, it’s not likely the city will get that lucky twice.

“We are going to have to pay,” McCormick said. “The chances of getting 100 per cent again, you can’t really count on that. So basically we have to have one third of costs.”

Saving up those kind of reserves is the goal of Council, McCormick said, although with interest rates so low, long term borrowing can be an option.

“The City is in a good position on long term debt. These are decisions that Council will make as we move into the budgeting process.”

 

Just Posted

Kimberley Camera Club hosting slide show presentation

The Kimberley Camera Club is proud to announce the public showing of… Continue reading

Ktunaxa Nation holds first language summit since 2011

The language summit coincides with the youth’s, allowing for trans-generational transfer of knowledge

Kimberley Dynamiters are Kootenay Conference Champs

It took triple overtime to put away the Beaver Valley Nitehawks

Lilith 2019 raises $8,270 for Kimberley, Cranbrook communities

Next year marks the event’s 20th anniversary.

Fuel management work started in Kimberley

Residents will see smoke over next few months; please obey trail notifications

Dynamiters keep their winning streak going

Nitros beat out the Nitehawks 4-3 in game two of the Conference finals.

UPDATED: Three dead in Surrey crash: police

Single-vehicle crash occurred around 10:30 a.m., police remain on-scene

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Most Read