A portion of Giants’s Head Road has bad pavement. The municipality of Summerland is looking at options for repairing the road. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

A portion of Giants’s Head Road has bad pavement. The municipality of Summerland is looking at options for repairing the road. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Bumpy Giant’s Head Road could see improvements

Summerland is considering road improvement options

Municipal staff in Summerland are developing plans to fix a rough segment of Giant’s Head Road.

The section of road, around four kilometres south of downtown Summerland, has potholes and patches and has been identified as a problem area in the past, according to Kris Johnson, director of works and infrastructure for the community.

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In 2018, municipal council applied for grant funding to fix the road, but the application was not successful.

Now, Johnson said municipal staff are considering a short-term option to repair the pavement or a long-term option which would also include water system upgrades in the area. This option also includes extending the multi-use path which runs parallel to the road closer to Summerland’s core.

The short-term option would cost between $1 million and $1.5 million, while the more comprehensive option would have a price tag of $7.5 million to $8 million, he said.

Either option would be for work to be done in 2022. The more expensive option would require borrowing to cover the costs of the project.

In recent years, Garnet Valley Road, Kelly Avenue, Quinpool Road, Doherty Avenue and a portion of Victoria Road have all had upgrades.

Other roads scheduled for design and construction work include Canyon View Road, Dale Meadows Road, a portion of Victoria Road, Jubilee Road and a portion of Prairie Valley Road.

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