What's Happening with Infrastructure in Brampton?
In rapidly growing cities like Brampton and Mississauga, everybody's always talking about infrastructure. Roads, bridges and other items of necessity is what makes communities function on a normal basis.
The Region of Peel has released their 2018 report on the state of infrastructure which looks at the region's current and future needs with the overall goal to achieve an overall infrastructure status of "Good".The 'Good' rating means most of the Region's assets are achieving their Council approved targets due to several positive factors, including:
The implementation of a comprehensive Asset Management Policy and Strategy for proactive, long-term, strategic planning
Steady and prudent levels of reinvestments to maintain state-of-good repair
A strong capital program of new and rehabilitated infrastructure, that has added and replaced many outdated and poor assets with new, modernized infrastructure
Council's priority to maintain Peel's assets in a state of good repair without incurring long-term debt
"This goal allows the Region to balance investing enough in the infrastructure to support efficient and reliable services while maintaining affordable tax and utility rates for the community," as stated in their report.
With a replacement value of about $27.8 billion, here's what the current conditions of infrastructure in Peel look like:Housing support does not include Peel Living and other social housing providers.
Here's a guide to what these symbols and colours mean:The report also highlights specifically what types of infrastructure fell under each type of infrastructure:
Operations Yards, Fleet and Equipment: four public works yards, 454 vehicles and 217 vehicle equipment.
Wastewater: two treatment plants, 32 sewage pumping stations and 3,630 km of sanitary sewer pipes.
Water Supply: two treatment plants, 14 wells, 19 pumping stations, 23 water storage facilities and 4,565 km of water pipes.
Heritage, Arts and Culture: four heritage facilities
Waste: six community recycling centres, three composting and curing facilities and one material recycling facility.
1,627 km of Regional roads, 176 bridges and large culverts, 26,192 metres of noise walls, 130 retaining walls, and three stormwater pumping stations.
62 TransHelp vehicles
Paramedics: 14 Regional paramedic stations, 141 paramedic vehicles and 646 paramedic equipment assets.
Five long term care centres.
Seven affordable housing buildings.
Three homeless shelters.
Three child care centres.
Two regional office complexes.
“We are proud to meet our target of 'Good' and remain committed to responsible stewardship of this infrastructure through proactive, long-term planning,” said Stephen VanOfwegen, Peel's Commissioner of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
“Over the next 10 years, the Region will continue to invest appropriately in our assets to ensure they support the high-quality services the Region provides, contributing to a Community for Life in Peel.”
Do you think this has been a good investment for Brampton and Mississauga?
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