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Engineering tenders awarded for rural bridge projects

Bridge project - Mapleton Township awarded an engineering services tender for this concrete culvert on Sideroad 19 south of Third Line to B.M. Ross and Associates at the Oct. 24 meeting. Current construction estimates place the cost of the project on the dead end road at around $600,000.

Engineering tenders awarded for rural bridge projects

by Patrick Raftis

MAPLETON - Township council approved engineering service tenders for two bridge projects at the Oct. 24 meeting.

Council authorized staff to award the engineering quotation to R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited for $15,500 plus applicable taxes for the design services for the replacement of a culvert located on the 4th Line, just west of Sideroad 17.

“The culvert was inspected in 2017 and due to its significantly deteriorated condition, was added to the 2017 proposed bridge and culvert replacement work plan,” states public works director Sam Mattina in a report.

R.J. Burnside submitted the lowest of two quotes for the engineering service portion of the job.

The tender for the reconstruction work is expected to be issued in the spring, once design is complete. The estimated cost of reconstruction, including engineering services, is $315,000.

Also at the meeting, council authorized staff to award the engineering services quotation to B.M. Ross and Associates Limited for $23,530 plus applicable taxes for the design and contract administration services for the replacement of a concrete culvert on Sideroad 19, south of Third Line. The structure was identified for replacement during the township’s 2016 bridge inspection program.

The quote from B.M. Ross and Associations was the lowest of four received for the engineering services portion of the project.

The township plans to call tenders for the reconstruction project early in 2018. The estimated cost of reconstruction, including engineering services is $605,000.

Councillor Marlene  Ottens asked if it was feasible to simply close the southern portion of Sideroad 19, which is a dead end.

“Is it feasible to have this bridge closed? Not to do it?” Ottens asked.

“Certainly, council has that option,” replied Mattina. However, he noted the road provides the only access to a few residences. He also pointed out $100,000 of the estimated reconstruction cost was to create a temporary access for those residents during construction.

Council approved the tenders for the engineering work for both culverts.

 

 

November 10, 2017

 
 

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