Work on downtown improvements continues. (THE NEWS/files)

Downtown stretch in Maple Ridge needs a bit more work

More excavation needed for road bed

The last stretch of Maple Ridge’s downtown re-do, on Lougheed Highway between 225th and 226th Streets, will take a bit more work, about $350,000 worth, say city staff.

That’s because poor soil conditions below Lougheed Highway between 224th and 225th Streets could erode the road base and require repaving in five years.

To avoid that, staff are recommending digging up the organic materials which lie beneath the roadbed and replacing it with proper fill. That would give the road 20-year life span before any more paving is required.

Maple Ridge council heard the report at its Tuesday committee meeting.

While the extra work means extra money, Maple Ridge taxpayers are getting a break on the project. The $350,000 required to rebuild the road base will come from TransLink’s major road network maintenance fund.

Lougheed Highway is considered a major road within TransLink’s network and thus qualifies for regional funding.

In addition to regional money, a big chunk, $2.3 million, of the cost of the last two-block restoration of Lougheed Highway is coming from the federal New Building Canada Fund.

Maple Ridge has previously rebuilt 224th Street along with all the remainder of Lougheed Highway through the downtown, as part of its downtown enhancement project, creating new sidewalks, medians, street furniture, lighting and trees to create a pedestrian-friendly setting.

Work on the final two blocks started last August and has not yet completed.

The report gives no timeline for when the project will be finished.

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