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City eyes closing roads for public works expansion

The city is looking at permanently closing parts of Denver Road and Municipal Street to allow for expansion of the city’s public works yard.
As the city grows, more space is needed for winter-control vehicles and parks equipment, and the public works yard is getting short of space, said Coun. Ian Findlay, who chairs the city’s operations, transit and emergency services committee.
His committee’s motion, which was approved by council without debate last week, authorizes public consultation to see what people think of the idea.
Closing the road sections would add just over one acre to the 9.5 acres now used by the public works department in the area, says a city staff report.
There are no plans to relocate the public works yard within the next 10 years, and closing parts of the two streets would be a low-cost way to add space in the near term, it says. The cost is estimated at between $100,000 and $150,000 to re-grade and pave current sidewalk and grassed areas and to fence the expanded site.
According to city traffic staff, traffic volumes on Denver Road are “very low” and pedestrian movement in the area “will not be detrimentally affected by closure, as there are alternate bypass routes nearby,” the report says.
City staff plan to hold a public information centre as part of their public consultations.

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