Skyrocketing construction prices have prompted city councillors to delay some key city projects and re-tool their capital budget.
With prices rising because of labour shortages in the trade industry, city officials will now only build up to 75 per cent of their original projects. Some of those projects that were to start this year include $35 million in planned drainage infrastructure needed after severe flooding in 2004.
“We are hoping to catch up with some of these projects for next year,” said John Hodgson, manager of the city’s drainage services.
“That means we will have to do twice as much work in 2008 as there are already seven other projects planned for that year.”
Other delayed projects include a planed fire station in the city’s southwest, according to a city official, and the rebuilding of the interchange at Whitemud Drive and Terwilligar Drive.