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Village Upgrades – Project FAQ

This page was last reviewed on March 31, 2017.

CVU-cone-icon-logoExciting improvements are planned for some of Cumberland’s key roadways. Here’s an updated overview for residents and businesses:

What is the Village Upgrades project?

The Village Upgrades project consists of major roadwork and improvements to two main areas in 2016 and 2017.

The first phase involved improving six blocks of Dunsmuir Avenue downtown by replacing aging underground water and sewer pipes. This work was largely complete in November 2016.

The second phase, beginning in Spring 2017, will revitalize Cumberland Road from Union to Bevan by providing better road structure and improving the streetscape and traffic movement to the entry to the Village, including the addition of a bike lane.

These two separate projects are part of a long-term Village commitment to improving the infrastructure of Cumberland.

What are the benefits?

Together, these two projects will go a long way towards improving critical services for village residents and visitors, such as improved roads, new water and sewer pipes and better options for active transportation.

Both projects will provide exciting and much needed improvements to the community and both are being funded in part by other levels of government, which means costs to the Village are reduced.

The work happening along Cumberland Road will also help make the entry to the Village a more defined and welcoming zone with better options for different modes of transportation, such as bikes and pedestrians.

What is the cost?

The two pieces of this project make up roughly $5.75 million in road work and service upgrades for the Village—with $4.85 million of that provided by outside funding sources (CVRD’s ‘Host Community’ Agreement and Building Canada’s Small Community Fund). This funding offers an important opportunity for the village to complete both projects in a cost efficient way.

Why now?

These projects are happening now to make the most of funding that’s available. While back-to-back road construction work on key routes in the village is not ideal, to meet grant funding schedules and deadlines, work has had to get underway as soon as possible.

What is the anticipated schedule?

Spring 2017 will see the final wrap-up on the Dunsmuir Avenue portion of the project, including line painting, small sections of paving, downtown tree re-planting and more. In April 2017, preliminary work is expected to begin along the Cumberland Road corridor, with construction continuing through the summer and to fall 2017. Watch the Village Upgrades page for current traffic notices.

What will be the impact on traffic?

There will be road closures during construction. The contractor will work with Village staff to determine logical detours for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians. The goal is to make sure detours allow for continued access to homes and businesses. Updates will be shared via the village website, social media, signs and news bulletins.What will be the impact on traffic?

What will be the impact downtown?

Council and staff acknowledge this work is disruptive and will work to minimize impacts for residents, businesses, event organizers and visitors. Ensuring these groups have information about what to expect is a priority. Cumberland’s small businesses are important to the Village. Extra effort will be made to ensure people know it’s “business as usual” downtown.

Are there opportunities to be involved?

Public input was sought in early 2016 around the community vision for improved access at the Village entrance. Valuable ideas were shared with the design team and are being incorporated into plans. While the service replacement work on Dunsmuir is straightforward and offered less opportunity for public input on design, the project team welcomes comments and questions about both projects via email throughout the project period.

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