Work on the roads in the area known as the Ghostrider subdivision in Fernie is underway.
The project, which in total is costing over $790,000, will see Dicken Road resurfaced and Manitou Road paved. The interior gravel roads, Ktunaxa Road, Shadow Road and Kutenai Road, will also be re-graveled.
The City of Fernie is also dealing with drainage issues in the subdivision.
“In spring time there is typically a lake down there,” said Jim Hendricks, Chief Administrative Officer at the City of Fernie. “So we are doing some drainage work to deal with that as well as the resurfacing work.”
The area just off Highway 3 outside Fernie is home to several businesses, including Ghostrider Motorsports, Fernie Brewing Company and Fernie Auto Parts.
Putting asphalt on Manitou Road is the most expensive project, costing $429,000. It is due to be completed by September 13. Resurfacing part of Dicken Road in the subdivision will cost $173,500 and work on the gravel roads and drainage will cost $189,000 and should all be completed by September 6.
The City of Fernie is also currently resurfacing Fourth Street, at a cost of $263,000.
“In spring time there are heaves on Fourth Street coming down the hill,” said Hendricks. “So we are dealing with that issue now.”
The work on Fourth Street is scheduled to be finished around press time (August 28).