CURRENT PROJECTS
ONGOING PROJECTS
PLANNED PROJECTS

Road Closure on Grimmett

FEBRUARY 21, 2024
Crews will be working on a utility tie-in on Grimmett on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Grimmett Street, north of Voght Street, will need to be closed between Parker and Voght Street.
Voght Street will continue to be open with single-lane alternating traffic.

Temporary Parking Stall Change

FEBRUARY 6 – JUNE 30, 2024
2040 Granite Ave  |  Interior Community Services

Four parking stalls adjacent to 2040 Granite Ave will be closed to regular parking to provide accessibility van parking during construction from February 6th, 2024 – June 30th, 2024.

This change in parking will allow accessibility vans to access continued service provision for adults with diverse abilities. Accessibility parking at the rear of the building, where the vans are normally parked, will not be available during construction.

This temporary use and change has been communicated with neighbouring businesses.

Voght Street Upgrade

FALL 2023 to FALL 2024

Starting fall 2023, the City will commence Part One of the phase two upgrade of Voght Street, from Blackwell Avenue to Grimmett Street near the Nicola Valley Hospital entrance.  This full reconstruction project includes new water, sewer, active transportation paths, sidewalks, storm sewer, storm pond, and pavement. (Note that this part of the project does not include intersection improvements; the current geometry will remain). This work will continue until fall 2024.

Traffic will be reduced to single-lane alternating during the workdays for the bulk of the project. The contractor intends to leave the site open for two-way traffic overnight and on weekends. Hours of work are generally 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with traffic controls in place shortly before and after each work day.

Note that when the ground freezes (at any time from late November to March), road construction work must cease. During these shutdown periods, Voght Street will open to 2-way traffic on a gravel surface with warning and speed reduction signage in place.

When funding is available, Part Two of the Voght Street upgrade will continue the main alignment work from the hospital entrance to Belshaw Street/River Ranch Road. Part Three of the upgrade will cover the roundabouts at two intersections: Grimmett Street and Walters Street. The entire project includes active transportation pathways, water, sewer, storm drains, as well as paving.

West Merritt | Active Transportation Path

SPRING-FALL 2023

The WEST MERRITT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PATH is a provincially-funded project (2020-2021) to create more pathways for walking and biking, connecting various points within the city.  Work on this project started early September 2022, with a planned continuation throughout the 2023 Spring-Fall season.

The project is expected to continue into 2024 as Fortis has intermediate pressure mains located throughout the project area. The timeline for project completion has been delayed pending approvals from Fortis.

As this is an active construction site, the public is asked to refrain from using the path for their own safety and to refrain from damaging the site. Construction signage and barricades will continue to remain in place while the project is ongoing.

Voght:  Blackwell to Hospital | Active Transportation Path

FALL 2023 – FALL 2024

Planned upgrades to Voght Street from Blackwell up to Belshaw Street/River Ranch Road will incorporate an ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PATH.

Middlesboro Bridge Plans

SPRING – FALL 2024

The City has received funding to rebuild the Middlesboro Bridge on Voght Street.  The new span will be approximately 1.5 metres higher than the original structure and built to withstand a one-in-200-year flood event. It will increase the water volume by 65% compared to the original bridge and is proposed to accommodate two lanes of vehicle traffic and one lane dedicated to pedestrians and cyclists. RFPs are being issued Summer 2023.  Expected completion is late 2024 or early 2025.

Greater Flood Impact Area Road Repair

FALL 2022 – SUMMER 2023

The City of Merritt has significant road repair and maintenance activities planned as a result of the November 2021 flood.  The map below shows the current (Fall 2022 – Summer 2023) project scope of flood affected areas.

Most of this roadwork comprises road grading and pot-hole pavement work, as well as shoulder grading and gravel rebuilding.  There are some complete road repairs planned and a small section requiring sidewalk and curb rebuild.  All work scheduled is only to repair roads and pathways affected by the flood.  Current work planned does not include improvements.

The 2021 flood damage assessment was initiated Spring 2022, after the snow melted. After extensive cataloging and assessment, the project scope was completed in June 2022 and submitted to Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) for funding approval.  Tenders for the work went out mid-August and the project was awarded mid-September.

Work commenced in fall 2022 on the western portions of the project area (C101, C102, C103) and moves eastward (C104, C105) into Spring 2023.

Any residents noticing flood impacted areas, not identified in this project scope, were invited to submit a request for assessment prior to October 28, 2022.  Additions to project scope will occur after planned repairs are complete.

Please do not approach the contractor while they are performing work.
They are not able to make changes to project scope.

SUMMARY OF FLOOD AFFECTED WORK

Current Project Scope

Street

Length (m)

Pine Street 587
Collett Street/Hicks Street 353
Government Avenue 328
Williams Crescent 251
Spruce Avenue  82
Walnut Avenue 382
Fir Avenue 270
Hill Street 276
Main Street 845
Quilchena Avenue 759
Coldwater Avenue 1931
Canford Avenue  651
Voght Park Access 43
Wilson Street 95
Spring Street 299
Hamilton Avenue 124
Cleasby Street 314
Chapman Street 319
River Street 201
Greig Street 121
Voght Street 499
Priest Avenue 1029
Parcel Street 134
Garcia Street 405
Clarke Avenue 222
McMillian Street 104
Charters Street 96
Clapperton Avenue 887
Blair Street 95
May Street 194
Orme Street 227
Houston Street 953
Douglas Street 124
Alleyways 2630

Future Work

  • Middlesborough Bridge:  Cost estimates in progress.  Submission for provincial funding in progress.  Target construction schedule start: 2024
  • Dike Rebuilds: Work on repairing existing dikes in progress.

FLOOD-AFFECTED CANFORD:  (Summer 2022)  The City of Merritt has also finished a complete rebuild of flood ravaged Canford Avenue, east of Main Street, along Voght Park, in summer 2022. The pavement, underground utilities and sewer system needed to be completely reinstalled and realigned.

Public Works is responsible for maintenance of municipal roads (not repair of provincial highways or bridges).  They are also responsible for municipal street signage, utilities, sewer, water, waste collection, and parks, cemetery, and facility maintenance.