At long last! A sidewalk for Nichol Road

In a development parents are certain to applaud, City crews will, on Monday July 21, begin work on the highly anticipated Nichol Road sidewalk. The sidewalk will help to make the journey to school safer for children that attend Arrow Heights Elementary, and for residents who live and walk in the area.

Parents have long lobbied City Council for this sidewalk and now it will be in place — just in time for the presumed resumption of school in the fall.

A statement released Friday, July 18, from City Hall said the success of Revelstoke Mountain Resort made Nichol Road a very busy thoroughfare during the winter season increasing the need for a safe path for children and area residents.

City staff budgeted for the sidewalk installation during last year’s budget process and Council approved the decision to install a safe walkway from Airport Way to Park Drive along Nichol Road.

The danger to children and residents in the area was brought to the attention of the city through the dedicated efforts of the Parent Advisory Committee of Arrow Heights School.

In speaking to the improvements stated “We are ecstatic about the installation of the new sidewalk along Nichol Road, providing a safe access for our children and residents,” Parent Advisory Committee Chairwoman Mardi Syrnyk said in the statement.

The installation will involve the relocation of two fire hydrants as well as realignment of the existing road to make room for the sidewalk. The project is scheduled to take place throughout the month of August and is slated for completion prior to the beginning of the school year, the statement said.

During installation, it is expected that there will be controlled traffic delays along Nichol Road and also interruptions in accessing private properties. City staff have notified each property owner individually in relation to these interruptions.

“The City of Revelstoke is proud to be part of this project, which we know will be a much safer option for pedestrians and cyclists alike,” Operations Manager Darren Komonoski said in the statement. “The new road realignment will also encourage better driving habits.”

If members of the public have any concerns or questions they may contact Public Works at 250-837-2001.