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Port Moody wants to replace this old staircase that's often used by students

The staircase and path connects Clarke Road to Mount Royal Drive.
An overgown old staircase is a popular route for students heading to Port Moody Secondary School from Clarke Road.

It's going to cost $350,000 to remove and replace an old, overgrown wooden staircase often used by students heading to Port Moody Secondary School.

The city wants to add a new walkway connecting Clarke Road and Mount Royal Drive.

In a report to be presented to council’s finance committee on Tuesday, Nov. 21, project manager Sandy Tolentino said the stairs and railing are in poor condition and partially encroach on an adjacent private property.

The route is also poorly defined and causes drainage issues.

Instead, Tolentino said, the city wants to replace it with a safer asphalt and concrete walkway that would be easier to maintain and located entirely on public property, with a chain link fence separating it from adjacent private properties.

But while the city would like to make the entire path a smooth ramp to improve accessibility, the area’s steep terrain and soil conditions will require steps at the top and bottom.

Four trees will also have to be removed to allow construction of a retaining wall.

"Staff will work with homeowners on both sides of the walkway to seek stakeholder input and construction notifications," said the report.

The money would come from the transportation component of the city’s asset reserve fund. If approved, construction could begin next spring.

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