The School Board 70 bus garage on Roger Street is undergoing close to $200,000 worth of improvements including repaving, a bus wash bay, new fencing and new lights.

The School Board 70 bus garage on Roger Street is undergoing close to $200,000 worth of improvements including repaving, a bus wash bay, new fencing and new lights.

New bus wash and pavement for School District 70

The School District 70 bus garage on Roger Street is undergoing close to $200,000 worth of improvements.

The School District 70 bus garage on Roger Street is undergoing close to $200,000 worth of improvements.

Upgrades include new pavement to the bus lot, a proper bus wash bay, removal of overgrown trees and vegetation, new fencing and new lighting that Greg Roe, director of operations at SD70, said should deter vandalism.

“We’ve had the repaving of the bus garage probably on our long-term capital plan for about five years but we never had an opportunity to get to it,” Roe said. “The pavement was quite badly deteriorated.”

The new bus wash bay will be installed with a proper oil and water separator.

Roe said although schools in the district typically get first priority for spending, when there’s a chance to improve other facilities the opportunity is taken advantage of.

“When we talk about our facilities money that we get, it isn’t just for our schools. It would also be for our board office, the bus garage and our maintenance yards,” Roe said “Obviously the schools are our priority and usually our other facilities suffer so that’s why things like this project takes five or six years to actually come in.”

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