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Tosorontio bridge replacement tender over budget

Posted July 10, 2019

Adjala Tosorontio's top capital priority project, replacing and widening the crossing over Tosorontio Creek, is facing a $120,000 shortfall in the lowest of four bids.

The 75-year-old bridge located on Conc. Rd 3, just north of 5 SR, "must be replaced as soon as possible to maintain the reliability of this high traffic roadway," according to the report to council on tonight's agenda.

Alexman Contracting Inc. submitted the low tender for about $579,000. The approved budget is $459,000.

The report from infrastructure and development director Doug Sitland notes a July 2 meeting was held including Township consultant RJ Burnside, and Alexman to scale back parts of the project to reduce the cost.

"The existing Structure 14 has imposed a constrained roadway width and lacked a roadside protection system. The proposed Structure 14 replacement represents a significant improvement in this regard as it would permit a roadway width comprising two full lanes and 1.8 metre wide shoulders."

One of the recommended actions is to defer the top course of asphalt pavement and steel beam guiderail until 2020, saving approximately $75,000, and " and instead utilizing its contractor that has been retained for 2018/2019 asphalt resurfacing works."

The other option includes reallocating up to $100,000 from its $180,000 cross culvert replacement program there are six locations remaining to be completed.

"It has been confirmed that the Township can complete the majority of these proposed culvert replacements using in-house equipment and labour."

In addition to the emergency state of the bridge, there's also a deadline attached to the project's completion "within a tight schedule. "Fisheries timing restrictions require that in-water work is completed by September 15, however, provided Council accepts Staff’s recommendations, the project will be able to be completed in 2019 as planned. Alternatively, if the necessary funding cannot be made available at this time, it is unlikely that the project will be able to proceed in 2019."

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by Tony Veltri