(Advocate file photo).

Maintenance and upgrades dominate city’s capital budget

Maintaining existing infrastructure eats up most of the capital budget costs

A preview of Red Deer’s 2020 proposed capital budget reveals that two-thirds of the expected $180 million in spending will go toward maintaining and improving existing infrastructure.

This includes upgrades to the water treatment system and a revamp of transit infrastructure to accommodate the requirements of a new, yet-to-be-released transportation plan.

Replacements of City Hall windows, and the sewer and water systems for Riverside Meadows, are also proposed, as well as the development of the third floor of the Culture Services Centre.

Although the most expensive part of the Northlands Drive project (a new bridge that would tie north Red Deer with 20th Avenue on the south side of the city) is no longer in the 10-year plan, more necessary widening and overpass improvements to Highway 11A (Northland Drive) between Taylor Drive and Gaetz Avenue are planned.

The public is invited to provide feedback to the city on the proposed capital projects before Nov. 13. The 2020 capital plan will be discussed by city council on Nov. 18.

Aquatic centre supporter is beyond disappointed by the project’s recommended deferral

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