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Current Road Work
Voght Street Repairs
In November 2022, a section of road on Voght Street near the RCMP station (between Blackwell & Grimmett) had a water main break causing significant road damage. The City ordered crews to work on repairing the pipe immediately, which required excavating the void under Voght Street and then backfilling it to get the road open the next morning, leaving the road with a temporary bump.
The City recognized that simply repairing the road with new asphalt would not address the underlying issue of the cause: our aging watermain infrastructure. Since it was winter and the City had to wait anyway for the weather to warm up to pave the road with asphalt, the City decided to work on applying for funding to repair the road properly.
As of March 2023, the City’s bid for funding was unsuccessful. As such, the City will continue with hiring a contractor to complete the paving of Voght Road. Alphalt paving is expected mid-April.
The City is expected to conduct street sweeping of all roads throughout April and May. Information, including a map and schedule, will be released soon.
The City is replacing contaminated gravels on road shoulders in the flood zone. Completion of works is expected near the end of April.
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. Any 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.
Current Project Scope
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- Middlesborough Bridge: Cost estimates in progress. Submission for provincial funding in progress. Target completion: 2023
- Dike Rebuilds: Work on repairing existing dikes in progress.
FLOOD-AFFECTED CANFORD: (Summer/Fall 2022) As a top priority after the 2021 flood, the City of Merritt finished a complete rebuild of Canford Avenue, east of Main Street, along Voght Park. The pavement, underground utilities and sewer system needed to be completely reinstalled and realigned.
Concurrent Road Works
WEST MERRITT ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PATH: (Fall 2022+) This work (which was provincially-funded and approved prior to the November 2021 flood) started early September 2022 and is ongoing. There is some overlap of construction work in the same area as the above Greater Flood Impact Area project. View a map of the current West Merritt Active Transportation Path.