Ministry confirms support for Village Way design

Sounder News

Wednesday, April 10 2019

As of early March, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure confirmed its support for the Regional District of Nanaimo’s updated Village Way Path design for Gabriola’s village core.

The Village Way is proposed as a pathway connecting along the north side of North Road,  from the North/South Road intersection at the top of ferry hill, through the Village to Tin Can Alley.

Vanessa Craig, RDN Director for Area B (Gabriola, Mudge, Decourcy) said, “this support represents a huge step forward and means the RDN can now move forward with its final design details, updating its cost estimates, and preparing an operating plan.”

As reported in the Sounder on February 27 2019, the design now calls for a 2 m-wide path separated from the road by an asphalt curb and a 0.3 m gravel buffer. The design also calls for a 0.9 area of asphalt outside the fog line, for bicycle use. 

Craig says this will provide a safe, accessible, mobility-friendly path. 

At the April 9 Electoral Area Services Committee meeting, RDN staff, supported by Director Craig requested $20,000 in Community Works Funds be allocated to complete the final project plan and operating plan.

According to the staff report received at the EASC meeting, there are $197,162 in unallocated 2019 Area B Community Works Funds (CWF).

To date, $712,822 in Electoral Area B CWF have been allocated for Village Way path construction. Combining the $197,162 in unallocated 2019 CWF and the approximately $171,466 in 2020 future CWF, a total of $1,081,450 in CWF are potentially available to complete the Village Way project. 

At this time, the estimated cost to complete project design, proceed through tender phase and build the Village Way path, engineering services included, is $875,000 to $1,000,000.