Welcome to the family, West Fernie

Elizabeth Ahlgren of the RDEK breaks down the infrastructure work being done to unite Fernie

An excavator digs a deep trench where a road used to be.

Hand Avenue is part of the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure project. — Photo courtesy Elizabeth Ahlgren

West Fernie is no longer the distant stepchild looking for a place to belong in the East Kootenay. Thanks to a nearly complete infrastructure project, West Fernie has been amalgamated into the City of Fernie.

Here’s what the the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure project includes:

  • Upgrading the existing watermains
  • Installing a new sanitary sewer system
  • Installing a new stormwater management system
  • Paving roads affected by construction
  • Joining the City of Fernie

Homes either will or already have access to a community sanitary sewer system and stormwater management system.

The project started in 2013 with a successful petition process from the community and approval of a Strategic Priorities Fund grant. Construction started in 2016 with Phase 1. Phase 2 is currently underway and scheduled to be complete before the end of this year (2017) with some clean-up and finishing work expected in the spring.

A road is closed due to construction.

Phase 2 of the West Fernie Servicing and Restructure project is expected to be completed next spring. — Photo courtesy Elizabeth Ahlgren

“The RDEK would like to thank the community for their patience during the last two construction seasons,” said Elizabeth Ahlgren, project supervisor with the RDEK who is overseeing the project. “We know it is inconvenient and disruptive to live in a construction zone, but the community has been great to work with. We would also like to thank all the team players, including the consultants, contractors, grant funders and the City of Fernie, who have been part of making this project a success.”

Kyle Born

Kyle Born is a writer for Kootenay Business and his initials match that of the magazine—it must be fate that brought them together. View all of Kyle Born’s articles

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