Construction boom in Carbonear
Major health and education projects shifting into high gear
Two areas of Carbonear are already beehives of activity this summer as two major construction projects continue.
But the Highroad South-Earle’s Lane area of the southside, and the west end of Valley Road are expected to get even busier later this summer as work on a new long-term care facility and school swings into high gear, pumping millions of investment dollars into the area.
The Department of Education has invited tenders for construction of the main building, which will house a new school to replace Davis Elementary.
And the Department of Transportation and Works is looking for bids on a contract to install a new main entrance at the Carbonear General Hospital.
Contractors have until July 14 to bid on the hospital project, while July 22 is the closing date for school building work.
The hospital project will see renovations to the 32-year-old brick building in order to accommodate a new patient and visitor entrance.
Expecting the contract for the hospital project to be awarded within weeks after tenders close, Health and Community Services Minister Jerome Kennedy told The Compass last week the work itself will be carried out this
summer and fall.
New parking lot
Triple A. Excavating Ltd. was awarded a $ 2.3 million contract in May to construct a new parking lot near the Carbonear Hospital. The lot will provide parking spaces for the hospital and new long-term care facility.
Pointing out the hospital currently has approximately 480 parking spaces, Kennedy said when combined with the new long-term care facility, over 575 parking spaces will be needed when the new facility comes on stream.
The Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA said tenders for the paving of the hospital parking lot are also expected to be called this month.
“Our goal is to have the parking lot and hospital main entrance completed by October,” Kennedy said.
The big one
Anticipating tenders to be called in August for construction of the main building, Kennedy said, “that’s the big one.” He was referring to the 250-bed long-term care facility, which is going up just west of the hospital building.
In an interview earlier this year, Kennedy said he expects to see steel go up in the spring or fall of 2012, “ but preferably spring.”