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Walking and cycling improvements being made along Colonia and Delcourt in Ladysmith

925 metres of new sidewalk, crosswalks, curbs and more planned
The Town of Ladysmith is beginning construction on Colonia Drive and Delcourt Avenue for a new active transportation project. (Black Press file photo)

The Town of Ladysmith has retained a contractor to begin construction for an active transportation project on Colonia Drive and Delcourt Avenue.

Stone Pacific Contracting Ltd. will install 925 metres of sidewalk, crosswalks, curbs, bike sharrows and traffic calming measures that “will improve walkability and expand our existing active transportation network” according to a town news release.

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The project will connect the existing sidewalks along Colonia Drive from Malone Road to Davidson Road, and along Delcourt Avenue from Colonia Drive to Dunsmuir Crescent. A new solar-powered flashing crosswalk will be installed in front of Kinsmen Park, as well as reconfigured parking in front of the park to allow for on-street parking.

Funding for the project will partly come from a $296,000 active transportation grant the town received from the B.C. government in 2021.

Construction is anticipated to be completed in the summer; until then, parking will be restricted in the construction zone between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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