$1.25M to upgrade street

A project worth $1.26 million to reconstruct a section of roadway in Oliver's downtown was approved by council Monday.

The scope of the work — on Station Street from Fairview Avenue to Bank Avenue — will include improving underground infrastructure, storm drains, sidewalks and improvements to the section of road itself. 

Town manager Cathy Cowan said the project ties in with the new Coast hotel being developed on an adjacent lot.

"It's one of our older roads, and we were waiting for development to happen before we started working on it."

Cowan said the hotel's developer will be covering a portion of the costs for work done on the frontage of their property.

She added the town's plan is to eventually reconstruct all of Station Street in a second phase, which would include upgrading the parking area of the Oliver Visitor Centre at the street's north end. 

Last year, the town requested federal grant funding to help pay for the entire reconstruction project, and Cowan said phase two could be done "sooner than later" if that funding is approved.

Cowan said no start date has been determined yet but said the work is expected to be completed before May, meaning it will be done ahead of the new hotel's anticipated opening.

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