Just days after the budget was passed, a report going to a council committee this week says Calgary’s aging Plus15 network needs about $8 million in work.
Some of this infrastructure was built as far back as the 1960s and between time, vandalism and oversize trucks hitting them, the pedestrian walkways need some attention.
Six of the bridges need work totalling a little more than $7 million. Another eight need preliminary design work that will cost $800,000, but it’s anyone’s guess what the subsequent repair costs there would be.
Administration believes the money can be found in existing reserves and will not affect taxpayers’ rates.
Work on some of the bridges is already underway and it’s expected everything will be wrapped up sometime in 2019.
According to the city, as many as 20,000 people use the Plus15 every day in the winter.
The current estimated value of the pedestrian network is $515 million.