Connecting Esquimalt one sidewalk at a time

Construction program creating pedestrian pathways around municipality

Esquimalt is continuing with its plan to create a more walkable community.

A new sidewalk approved for the north side of Wordsley Street, a short dead-end road off Lampson Street, will be the third such walkway built under the township’s sidewalk construction program. The Wordsley project will be undertaken in June or July and cost about $22,000.

One new sidewalk is considered each year under the program, at a cost of $20,000 to $40,000. The timeframe for the program is 2010 to 2018.

“The purpose of this program was to increase the connectivity of the sidewalk network, which, in turn, would make the township a ‘walkable’ community,” Jeff Miller, Esquimalt’s director of engineering and public works, wrote in a staff report.

“Individuals would be able to utilize sidewalks to move through the township, as opposed to vehicles.”

Munro Street was the first to receive a sidewalk under the construction program. A second sidewalk is currently being installed along Sue Place, off Craigflower Road.

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