A map of the designated project zone in the Ghostrider Commercial Area. Photo Submitted

City of Fernie issues water upgrade updates

City changes include construction, water restrictions, and a water quality advisory

The City of Fernie is beginning upgrades in the Ghostrider Commercial Area, and has rescinded the water quality advisory though water conservation efforts remain in place.

From August 4 until October 1, underground utilities and roads will be replaced in the Ghostrider Commercial Area. The upgrades include improvements of the long needed waterworks, storm works, and road sections, as well as prioritization of pedestrian connectivity. The project includes installing a separate pedestrian paved pathway that will connect to the Fairy Creek Trail Extension.

“Investing in local infrastructure needs are a positive step for our business community, and help us to increase economic growth and community livability,” said Mayor Ange Qualizza.

“Investing in long neglected infrastructure for a bustling commercial sector will immediately improve that area, and our community will see livability and ecological improvements as the issues of stormwater run-off and multi-modal connectivity are solved.”

The project area includes Kutenai Road, Ktunaxa Road, and Shadow Road. Access to businesses will be maintained through Dicken Road and Manitou road, however locals can expect delays until the work is completed.

With recent warmer temperatures, there has been higher demand on local water systems. Residents are asked to conserve water whenever possible. To encourage conservation, city wide water restrictions are still in place, allowing the reservoir to recover.

The restrictions are in place for irrigation, other than at the Max Turyk Community Centre, where turf regeneration is presently occurring.

Following a ‘fair’ rating on the Turbidity Index, the City of Fernie also issued a water quality advisory on July 31, however it is now rescinded as turbidity levels have dropped to acceptable levels.


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