York Place face lift to get another look from municipality

Oak Bay council agreed to consider adding improvements to the northern segment of the road in the 2015 budget.

  • Fri Oct 24th, 2014 9:00am
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Resident requests for repairs on York Place will be revisited.

Oak Bay council agreed, during its Sept. 20 committee meeting, to consider adding improvements to the northern segment of the road in the 2015 budget.

The area recently had patch work and power washing done as part of the district’s routine maintenance. However, residents are still concerned about the state of the roadway and sidewalks.

“It’s strictly a public safety issue,” said Christine Warne, citing a September report that residents commissioned from Dr. Elaine Gallagher, of Gerotech Research Associates. “The sidewalk is unusable. For those in scooters and wheelchairs the road is the only option.”

Gallagher’s report called for massive repair or replacement of much of the sidewalk and noted that foliage blockage bylaws need to be better enforced in the area.

Staff have contacted residents on the street asking them to trim the hedges that are edging out onto public property.

Warne conceded that cleaning and patching has helped somewhat. However the residents still sought more work to make the street manageable, particularly repaving of the 50 metres closest to the end of York Place.

Oak Bay council agreed to investigate a practical treatment to improve the asphalt surface of the northernmost segment of York Place taking into consideration the sequoia tree roots to be considered in the 2015 budget. Staff expect it would be under $20,000 to investigate and implement.

Decisions made during committee meetings come before council as recommendations for further discussion and official ratification.