infrastructure

Andrew Ede, Sam Rampado, Blair Hindle and Cameron Sorensen are the crew behind the works on Elkford’s new bike park in the middle of town. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

‘They’re so nice’: Elkford turns out to support bike park

Work is expected to be completed on the new bike park within weeks

 

The (former) sani dump in Fernie was closed at the end of summer ‘21. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie’s temporary sani dump plans get flushed

City council rejected a temporary sani-dump solution, objecting to the pricetag

 

Future site of the Lubers Express Oil Change business in Fernie. It has been under a stop-work order since September 2021. Pictured in July 2022 (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Long-delayed Fernie lube business to move ahead again

The business had its site hit by a stop-work order in September 2021

 

Images of Hartley Creek Rd rutted out over summer. (Image courtesy of Rebecca Vaughan)

Hartley Creek Rd a danger in all seasons: Local resident

A resident of Hartley Creek Rd has put together a report detailing solutions for Hartley Creek Rd

Images of Hartley Creek Rd rutted out over summer. (Image courtesy of Rebecca Vaughan)
The Elk River near Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The Elk River near Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Pine Ave is one of the areas set to see paving works in summer 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Sparwood approves paving program for 2022

Four locations around town will see road works in coming weeks

Pine Ave is one of the areas set to see paving works in summer 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
The site of the former, and soon-to-be future Centennial Square in downtown Sparwood. Pictured in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood’s Centennial Square moving along

The new public space in the centre of town should be completed before winter

The site of the former, and soon-to-be future Centennial Square in downtown Sparwood. Pictured in July 2022. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The city’s line painting program has been delayed by a lack of materials delivered for the 2022 summer season. Pictured: The VIC carpark, done by a contractor. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Rising costs and longer waiting times throwing a spanner into municipal works: Fernie

Projects already contracted will take longer, and projects still in the works will cost more

The city’s line painting program has been delayed by a lack of materials delivered for the 2022 summer season. Pictured: The VIC carpark, done by a contractor. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)

Winter preparation for Elkford warm-up cabin a ‘success’

Members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association did some work on the cabin over the weekend

A couple of families and members of the Elkford Snowmobile Association (about half a dozen people) were working at the safety and warmup cabin on the Koko Claims / Crossing Creek Trail near Elkford on Saturday, July 16, 2022, doing winter prep. (Courtesy of Jason Miller)
Fernie’s wastewater treatment facilities as seen from Cokato Rd. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie approves $287K in expenses to fix wastewater infrastructure

These are more steps on a long road to bring the city’s wastewater policies into compliance

Fernie’s wastewater treatment facilities as seen from Cokato Rd. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The sani dump in Fernie has been decommissioned, with no temporary location coming (yet) due to project cost overruns. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

No sani dump on the horizon for Fernie

Works to establish a temporary replacement have been set back by cost overruns

The sani dump in Fernie has been decommissioned, with no temporary location coming (yet) due to project cost overruns. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The troublesome Sparwood Leisure Centre hot tub (pictured) has been nickle-and-diming the district for too long, so its time is up as of 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)

Hot tub woes coming to an end for Sparwood

The district has budgeted $363K for a new hot tub

The troublesome Sparwood Leisure Centre hot tub (pictured) has been nickle-and-diming the district for too long, so its time is up as of 2022. (Image courtesy of District of Sparwood)
Rogers Communications says Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to receive the company’s high-speed, high-capacity 3500 MHz 5G service. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)

B.C. city Canada’s first to connect to Rogers’ new high-capacity network

Company says 3500 MHz 5G debuting in Nanaimo will benefit wide range of clients

Rogers Communications says Nanaimo is the first city in Canada to receive the company’s high-speed, high-capacity 3500 MHz 5G service. (Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
Coal Creek Rd has been repaired by contractors and is now fully usable all the way up to the Rifle Range and beyond, where it passes onto private land. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Coal Creek Rd repairs done

Road access has been returned to 5km beyond town to where the road crosses Coal Creek

Coal Creek Rd has been repaired by contractors and is now fully usable all the way up to the Rifle Range and beyond, where it passes onto private land. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)

‘Predictable and preventable’: Engineer says abandoned logging road contributed to fatal B.C. landslide

Fingers pointed only at intense storms when resource roads may be at root of many slides in province

This photo from Conny Amelunxen, a snow avalanche forecaster and photographer, was taken Nov. 19, 2021, four days after the landslide that destroyed a portion of Highway 99, also called the Duffey Lake Road, and claimed the lives of five people. The landslide, at the right, can be seen leaving the logging road and heading down to Highway 99. (Contributed)
Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times

West Kootenay town nixes ‘free’ charging station for EVs

A grant had previously covered the expense at the municipal charging station in Fruitvale

Fruitvale council’s decision to start having EV owners pay for power consumed at the municipal charging station brings up the question of who’s footing the bill elsewhere. In downtown Trail this EV was charging up early Monday morning at one of the free charging stations. Photo: Trail Times
Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. Storms on Nov. 14-15 caused the creek to cut into the bank and destroy the road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Andres Flyfishing)

Work set to begin repairing Coal Creek Road

It is estimated to take five weeks to repair the road and riverbank along Coal Creek

Coal Creek cut into its banks and has cut bridge access to further up the valley along Coal Creek Road. Storms on Nov. 14-15 caused the creek to cut into the bank and destroy the road. (Image courtesy of Andrés González of Andres Flyfishing)
The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror

3,400 kilometres of cable bringing high-speed internet to B.C. coast

Connected Coast project officially launched in Campbell River

The CanPac Valour will be laying the cable for the project. Photo by Marc Kitteringham / Campbell River Mirror
The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Sparwood seeks proposals on erosion mitigation for crucial bridge

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge is crucial infrastructure for pedestrians and riders around town

The Elk River Pedestrian Bridge in Sparwood could be at risk without mitigation works. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The location of the Sparling East Playground. (Image: City of Fernie)

Sparling East Playground contract awarded

City staff noted it was important for the winning bidder to get started quickly to ensure the park was complete in 2021

The location of the Sparling East Playground. (Image: City of Fernie)