The Latoria Creek Park stairs will cost an estimated $325,000 to replace when engineering design, materials and construction are factored in. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood says $325k price tag for stairs covers more than just building costs

Price estimate encompasses design, materials and construction

The $325,000 price tag for new stairs at Latoria Creek Park encompasses more than just the cost of building the stairs, according to the City of Colwood.

Last week, some readers expressed through Facebook comments that the cost of the stairs is “obscene.”

But on Friday, the City put out a news release stating that the estimated $325,000 cost covers detailed engineering design, materials and construction.

The amount is one of three estimates used in a Canada Infrastructure grant application that the city applied for to help pay for the cost of replacing the stairs.

READ MORE: Colwood applies for $325k to replace stairs in Latoria Creek Park

“This amount is the highest of the three estimates, and comes with the longest life span, lowest maintenance cost, and lowest overall cost for the City and taxpayers over time,” the release said.

There are a total of four steep staircases in Latoria Creek Park, each with up to 112 steps. The work to replace them would be done over three years.

The first set of stairs is almost one kilometre along a forest trail with the creek below on one side and steep, rocky slopes on the other.

The City said the location of the stairs presents challenges when it comes to replacement because materials cannot be trucked or craned in since the stairs are deep in the park.

“They would need to be fabricated off site and transported in sections,” the release said.

READ MORE: Readers fin $325,000 price tag for Colwood stairs to be “obscene”

Proposed materials for the stairs would be an aluminum structure with wood components to fit the natural forest setting.

The steps are in need of replacing after a 2018 inspection revealed that several steps were rotting and unsafe. Temporary repairs were done but according to an assessment that was done at the time, replacement is still necessary to ensure the stairs continue to be safe and usable over the long-term.

The City received 200 signatures in support of applying for the federal grant which will cover 73 per cent of the replacement cost. The remaining 27 per cent — or $87,000 — would be covered by the City. There would be zero tax increase to Colwood residents for this work.

shalu.mehta@goldstreamgazette.com


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Study moves Oak Bay closer to contraceptive control for problem deer

The report says between 78 and 128 black tail deer live in the affluent beach-side community

Two missing Victoria children found safe

VicPD responded to two separate missing children calls Tuesday

Chim Chim Cher‑ee! Mary Poppins is coming to Oak Bay High

Mary Poppins opens Friday, Feb. 22, at the Dave Dunnet theatre

Crews repair damage after Tuesday night water main break in Langford

Flooding resulted in property damage, forced evacuation from Langford homes

Saanich amalgamation committee holds first meeting

Saanich councillors call for a transparent process to ensure success of study

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of Feb. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Police seize bottles of grapefruit vodka from wanted man’s snow-pants

The men were pushing two shopping carts with a woman inside

Tonight’s sporting event costs more than the Super Bowl, and Obama is going

Tickets are going for more than $4,000 to watch the Duke - North Carolina basketball game

CRTC report finds ‘misleading, aggressive’ sales tactics used by telecom industry

Report recommends measures to make a fairer situation for consumers

Most Read