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