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Preferred pipeline route to Tottenham identified, cost over $14 million

Posted May 10, 2019

The recommended route to connect Tottenham from Beeton to the water pipeline is now projected to cost $14.5 million, an increase of $5.77 million above the estimate in the 2018 development charges background study.

The route study conducted by RV Anderson, which moves to council Monday night for approval, would begin at the McKelvey pump station and proceed to 10 SR, Lilly St., Dayfoot, Main St. W, 8th Line to Tottenham Road to Queen St, McKnight Cres at Fraser, and Industrial Road, ending at the Mill Street reservoir. A distance of approximately 17.5 km.

Pending best case scenarios, completion of detailed designs and approvals would be in September, tendering between Oct. and Dec., awarding the contract in February 2020 followed by a two year construction period for comissioning in 2022.

"Based on the preliminary costs from the Route Study, it is anticipated that an additional $5,770,800 in DC funding will be required to ultimately complete the project. Funds are currently available within DC reserves, but earmarked for other DC capital projects. As a result, other DC capital projects would be deferred to create funding room, until the next DC background study is updated. Due to growth pressures within the Town this could occur earlier that the planned five year cycle," according to the report to council.

Projects that would be deferred, already allocated the water component of DCs, are not identified in the report.

The report suggests four main reasons resulted in the over $5 million difference in cost estimates. The include the DC study premised on the route following the abandoned rail corridor including South Simcoe Railway's portion.

"Due to the rail corridor still being active (SSR), there is a significant cost premium for installation and maintenance alongside a functional railway with steep embankments and limited access. As a result, the recommended preferred route utilizes the less expensive option of using existing municipal and County ROWs, notwithstanding it is approximately 1.6 km longer. (6.8 km vs. 8.4 km). Also, the pipeline will be upsized from 300 mm to 400 mm to meet minimum hydraulic pressures for future Tottenham max day demand, which will eliminate the need for a future pump station in Beeton. Valve chambers are required along the transmission main route for operations and maintenance work. The DC study did not include an annual indexing for inflation.

Below is the cost comparisons beginning with the Water Master Plan (WMP), DC study and RV Anderson's revised estimates.

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by Tony Veltri