In 2017, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) will repave and paint the majority of municipal roads in the Alpine Meadows neighbourhood, as well as select sections of the Valley Trail and other areas of Whistler.
The paving project will improve the quality of running surface and service life of the municipalities road network in select neighborhoods that have been assessed and selected as requiring an upgrade. This paving project intends to upgrade the road network in an optimum condition for the least cost to the municipality.
The paving scheduled will be announced in spring 2017. Efforts will be made to minimize impacts to residents and events.
Opportunity for Alpine Meadow residents to place utility lines underground
If you are a property owner in Alpine, you have an opportunity now to place utility lines (i.e. BC Hydro, Shaw and TELUS) underground at your expense. These are the lines that connect to your home from utility poles on the street.
Placing utilities underground (undergrounding) is common in most new subdivisions, and some property owners may wish to take this opportunity to improve the aesthetics of their property.
Work must be coordinated immediately by property owners, so it can be completed before the municipal paving project begins in early spring 2017.
How much will it cost?
All costs associated for placing utility lines underground are the responsibility of individual property owners, who are interested in participating.
Cost estimates range from $10,000 to $50,000 (depending on the geography and utility connection design). This work involves engineering design and construction by an approved contractor as recommended by the utility service provider.
How long will it take?
The process can take several months for design with the utility service provider and implementation by an approved contractor.
If I want to have my utility lines placed underground, what do I need to do?
It’s up to individual Alpine property owners, who are interested, to initiate and coordinate the process of having their utility lines placed underground.
Property owners should contact utility service providers now to start the process, so their work is completed before early spring 2017, when the paving project begins.
If you would like to have your utility lines placed underground at your expense:
1. Contact your utility service providers (e.g. BC Hydro, Shaw, TELUS)
2. Initiate design with your service providers
3. Provide final design (IFC) drawings to RMOW Infrastructure Services Department (4325 Blackcomb Way) for records.
4. Hire a professional contractor recommended by service provider to do the work.
5. Schedule and complete the work before early spring 2017.
What are other municipalities doing to underground their utilities?
A current example of undergrounding of utilities can be found in Fort Langley.
Fort Langley commenced a beautification project in April 2015 to remove utility poles and overhead wires and bury the wires at a cost of $3 million per kilometre. The project is being made possible through the Township’s Local Area Service program, which allows property owners who would like to see improvements made in their neighbourhoods to conduct a petition to Council. If approved, Council enacts a bylaw that directs the Township to undertake the work. The cost of providing the service is recovered through a local service tax placed on the benefitting property owners.
BC Hydro is paying for about one-quarter of the overall cost of the work. The remaining costs are being paid by the various property owners via a levy on each property.
Further information can be found on the Township of Langley Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the RMOW be installing sidewalks?
No, there will be no sidewalks added during the repaving project.
Will the RMOW be painting road lines?
In-lay painting will be done by our roads crew following the paving of each area.
Will there be dust during the repaving work?
The contractor will have a construction management plan approved prior to starting work that will include dust management.
Can the RMOW please add speed humps/bumps to reduce vehicle speed?
Please see page 8 of the Traffic Calming Policy here for the application of speed humps/bumps.
Will there be any new traffic calming measures implemented?
Please note that there is already a Traffic Calming Policy in place, here for your review. Please read “Quantify the Problem on page 17. Please note that the RMOW receives numerous inquiries about traffic calming and must evaluate a considerable amount of data before moving into a consultation phase on whether or not the majority of owners in the impacted area support change.
I have a traffic calming suggestion/request, what do I do?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Can the RMOW please add sidewalks to control pedestrians?
The introduction of sidewalks into residential areas, where the primary storm water conveyance is via ditches and where off road snowfall accumulation is a necessity, is a topic that extends beyond a traffic calming issue.
Can RMOW please install a car counter to learn about the volume of traffic flowing?
Please see page 18-19 of the Traffic Calming Policy here.
Can RMOW please ensure proper signage and road markings, such as clearly painting the road approaching three way stops, announcing the upcoming stop signs and clearly mark the three way stops?
Road signage and markings are as per the Ministry of Transport Road Manual of Standard Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings. Not obeying road signage is a Bylaw enforcement issue, please report any violations you observe to Bylaw Services. We will also ask the RCMP to be aware of this location for additional enforcement.
Can the RMOW please put in raised “green asphalt” pedestrian cross walks?
Please see page 12 of the Traffic Calming Policy here.