Operating Budget > Revenue Neighbourhood Renewal
1.4% of the property tax increase is dedicated specifically to the Neighbourhood Renewal Program, which is $20.59 per month for the average Edmonton household.
As part of the Building Great Neighbourhoods initiative, which began in 2008, the Neighbourhood Renewal Program outlines a cost-effective, long-term strategic approach to renewing and rebuilding roads, sidewalks and streetlights in Edmonton’s neighbourhoods and collector roadways (roads that move local traffic to arterial roads). The program balances the need to rebuild in some neighbourhoods with a preventative maintenance approach in others.
The nature of renewal work depends on the state of the roads throughout neighbourhoods (residential/industrial) and collector roads:
- Preventive Maintenance – Roads are resealed to extend their lifespan.
- Overlay – Roads are repaved and sidewalk panels are treated to eliminate trip hazards.
- Reconstruction – Roads are repaved, and streetlights and sidewalks are replaced.
By combining reconstruction, overlay and preventive maintenance, all Edmonton neighbourhoods can be improved within 30 years. This benefits neighbourhoods more quickly and at a lower cost than a reconstruction-only program.