A request for funding has been put forward to the Victoria City Council for the Dallas Road railing replacement project.
After taking nearly a year to complete the planning and design, Fraser Work, Director of Engineering & Public Works with the City, is seeking funding of $3.85 million to put towards the new railing.
In August 2019, City Council endorsed the replacement of the 500 m long Dallas Road concrete balustrade, opting for a new stanchion and wire cable design instead. The new design is said by Work to be “consistent with the design and aesthetics of the adjacent Ogden Point Breakwater.”
The money, which would be allocated from the Buildings and Infrastructure Reserve, would be largely dedicated to the removal of the old concrete railing and the installation of the new one as well as for the additional paving of sidewalks and bike lanes.
The proposed project would incorporate an installation of a bike lane in between the current sidewalk and parking lot. The timeline for construction would be undertaken in 2020 allowing cost and staff resource savings in coordination with the CRD Wastewater Treatment Project, according to the proposal. The document does also emphasize, however, that if the City were to wait until after the Wastewater Treament Project were to finish that costs would increase.
According to the City of Victoria, archives indicate the current concrete railing along the concrete sea wall on Dallas Road, between the Ogden Point breakwater and Lewis Street, has been replaced a number of times, with the latest structure going up nearly 70 years ago. The wall is not on the city’s heritage register or part of any heritage inventory or formally identified as significant.
This request for funds will be discussed at a City Council meeting on Friday, March 5.
You can read the full proposal here.