The City of Kamloops says it is seven per cent under budget on capital projects completed since 2018.
The city has managed $95 million worth of projects since August of that year and, overall, is $2.8 million under budget.
Jen Fretz, the city’s civic operations director, said capital projects seem easy, but are not, adding she is proud of her team. She said innovation in the procurement process has helped the city come in under budget overall.
“We have many experts — and I have some experts around the community and the city who think that completing these multi-million-dollar capital projects are easy — and I’m here to assure you they’re not,” Fretz told city council last week. “So, the fact we have spent $95 million on capital projects since we last updated council and are approximately $3 million under budget is an incredible feat.”
Included in the report are projects completed or underway, with deferred projects, projects in the design phase and ongoing maintenance projects not included.
Among projects that came in under budget were Todd Road pedestrian upgrades ($464,000 under budget), drainage improvements from Qu’Appelle Boulevard to Owl Road ($458,000), reconstruction of River Road in Valleyview ($433,000), Juniper Creek bank stability ($261,000), Sherbrooke Avenue reconstruction ($255,000), Riverview Road rehabilitation ($139,000) and Halston Avenue resurfacing ($100,000).
Projects that came in over budget included construction of a new booster station on Arrowstone Drive ($200,000 over budget), gate installation and payment at city parkades ($94,000), security improvements to the north exit at Sandman Centre ($53,000), the Dufferin wetland construction and outdoor classroom ($11,000), new volleyball courts at Overlanders Park ($8,000), Stuart Wood site improvements ($5,000) and the Heffley Creek Bridge ($3,000).
Fretz pointed to the West Victoria Street project as an “extremely challenging” project, due to impacts on traffic, businesses and multiple groups involved. That project is not yet complete and is not part of the total, but is expected to come in on budget, which was. about $13 million.
CAO David Trawin said the effort is on top of previous improvements, with efforts continuous.
Council has decided to distribute the surplus in capital budget to reserves.