New National Report Card Shows Municipal Infrastructure is in Poor Shape
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 5:05 PM
By Christina Doll
Prince George, B.C.
A new national report card that includes Prince George shows the country's municipal infrastructure is at risk.
The report card indicates more than half of municipal roads and one in four wastewater plants needs major upgrades.
The total cost to upgrade or replace roads, wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems is $171.8 million.
City Councillor and FCM Board Member Garth Frizzell says the astronomical cost is due to the age of this critical infrastructure.
"A lot of the roads, water, sewer, stormsewer, all of these things were built during what they call the golden age of instrastructure when there was a lot of support from the federal government for building these. So it was all built at the same time and that means it needs to be replaced at the same time."
Frizzell says the new long-term federal plan must be designed to help communities address these challenges.
Over 120 municipalities representing 60 per cent of the Canadian population are represented in the report card.