Jacklin Road gets new sidewalks for fall

Two separate pedestrian projects in the works in Langford

Langford council has pre-approved awarding a contract for sidewalk and drainage work along Jacklin Rd.

The sidewalk infill project will see some properties along Jacklin Rd. equipped with sidewalks to make the road generally safer for pedestrians. The work will happen in the north sections of Jacklin, centred around Orono Ave.

“We have some properties on Jacklin Rd. that probably won’t come forward for rezoning anytime soon,” said Michelle Mahovlich, director of engineering. “Normally we would wait for a rezoning and have developers pay for that.”

Mahovlich expects the work to go ahead mid-September. No road closures are expected but there may be occasional delays.

The project is budgeted at $70,000, which is included in the 2013 engineering budget. Bids are expected by Aug. 26. Owners of affected properties have agreed to the work.

In a separate project, a flashing crosswalk is being installed at Jacklin Rd. at Orono Ave. The hope is to have the crosswalk installed by the time the new school year begins.

“Jacklin is a fairly busy road, so just for safety reasons, when you have a pedestrian crosswalk mid-block … sometimes it’s warranted to put in a flashing crossing,” said Mahovlich.