Middletown Crossing: Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements

Phase 1

The First Phase of construction on this project commenced in June of 2014 with Earthworks and Deep Utility Installations, including:

  • Earthworks & Site Grading
  • Watermain Installation
  • Sanitary Sewer Installation
  • Watermain Mechanical Building (small building to the left of Tim Hortons)
  • Watermain Hot Box
  • Storm Sewer Installation
  • Topsoil Placement and Seeding

The First Phase of construction was completed in July of 2015.

Phase 2

Given the importance of Highway 3 for linking British Columbia and Alberta, and providing access for the numerous workers for the coal mines along Highway 43, it is critical that this intersection be kept up-to-date for safety as well as improved to meet the demands of future development in the Sparwood region.

Prior to the successful grant application, the project had stalled due the economic downturn and escalating construction costs. Project review work was undertaken to find ways to reduce, delay or eliminate costs, including discussions with landowners.

In March 2017, the District of Sparwood was successful with their application in the second round of grants under the New Building Canada Fund - Small Communities Fund and received approval of Federal/Provincial funding up to $ 5,117,466.

The total project cost for Phase 2 for the Grant was estimated at $8,813,480 with $7,676,200 eligible for grant funding, leaving $3,696,014 to be funded by the District of Sparwood through the Land Sale Reserve Fund and future land sales. Based on current estimates, the development will now fully fund the construction over time and provide additional economic opportunities and property taxes.

Updates

A status report, available here, will be available on this web page and will be updated as major stages of the project are completed. A Q&A sheet is available here.

Background

The work commenced this spring, beginning with tree clearing and access road construction for the relocation of overhead BC Hydro power lines (power poles currently located on the islands will come down)  This will result in a strip of trees being removed opposite the Red Cedar Drive and Highway 3 intersection and another east of the Highway 3/43 Intersection.

The rest of the construction will be completed by the end of fall in 2018. This work includes road construction (Middletown Place) and Intersection Improvements and Traffic Lights for the Highway 3/43 Middletown and Aspen Highway 43 Intersections. A Pedestrian Tunnel under Highway 3, exiting between the ESSO and Husky service stations onto a newly construct Spruce Spur. Sidewalks will be constructed along Aspen Drive from Spruce Spur to Tim Horton's and along Highway 43 up to Highway 3. Sidewalks and pedestrian signals will be constructed to accommodate persons with disabilities.

The initial thoughts of upgrading both intersections, Highway 3 and 43, to meet future demands and safety began a number of years ago. Given the importance of Highway 3 for linking British Columbia and Alberta, and providing access for the numerous workers for the coal mines along Highway 43, it is vital that this intersection be kept up-to-date in regards to safety as well as improved upon to meet the demands of future development in the Sparwood region.

The District of Sparwood had plans to complete this intersection in 2015 however construction costs escalated and the District was actively seeking the assistance of senior government while looking for ways to reduce our costs. With the assistance of Federal and Provincial funding, the District of Sparwood is now able to proceed and complete this important project and honour our commitments to complete it.

For inquiries about this project please contact:
Danny Dwyer
Director of Engineering
ddwyer@sparwood.ca
250-425-6271
 

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