Ontario Construction News staff writer
Whitby Town Council has approved a $71.9 million capital budget for 2022, supporting new infrastructure required due to growth and keep existing infrastructure in a state of good repair.
The approved capital budget included $7.5 million in Whitby’s green spaces and the waterfront:
- upgrades to the Waterfront Trail – Corbett Marsh Boardwalk, Corbett Creek Bridge
- opening of Des Newman WhitBee and Micklefield Parks in 2022
- construction funding for Chelsea Hill and Lazy Dolphin parks, to be opened in 2023
- funding and redevelopment of Grass and King Street Parks
Council also approved $10 million for the following road construction projects:
- road safety and traffic calming initiatives and various signalization projects, including signals at Thickson Road and Glengowan Street, Baldwin and Canary Street
- new multi-use path and sidewalk connections
- road resurfacing projects: Dryden Boulevard (from Thickson Road to Oshawa); Canadian Oaks Drive (from Thickson Road to Citation Crescent)l Citation Crescent; and Des Newman Boulevard (from Taunton Road to Twin Streams Road).
Civic Recreation Complex renovations will be completed by the end of 2022 and the city will purchase additional land for the Whitby Sports Complex and finalization of designs for a larger facility in 2022 with construction planned for 2023
“This budget helps to keep taxes low for our community while investing in the budget priorities residents said matters most to them, including more green spaces, local jobs and the continued revitalization of our two downtowns,” said Mayor Don Mitchell.