Klondyke Bridge replacement heading back to tender
Replacement of the Klondyke Bridge in Bay Roberts will have to wait till at least next construction season before it’s completed.
When tenders for the project closed on Aug. 18, the two bids received were grossly over budget for the project. The bids ranged in the $1.2-1.3 million range for a project that had a pre-budgeted estimate of $360,000.
“I don’t know if it was bad timing or what,” said director of public works Sean Elms during the Sept. 20 council meeting. “I think we need to look at it again and see if we can get a new design, incorporate it into a bigger project or what.”
After discussing the issue with the town’s engineers, Elms provided council with a list of possible factors that could of contributed to the inflated tender prices.
Things like steel pile work on a smaller project of this size tends to result in inflated pricing per pile, as well as the lack of prices provided by steel suppliers before the tender closed, which could caused contractors to estimate the price in their tender could have all contributed to a large bid from interested companies.
Elms suggested that council re-tender the project in the next couple of weeks with some minor alterations to the scope and allow bidders to price a couple of options.
As suggested by the engineers, they are crosslaminated timbre, a pre-cast concrete option and a pre-engineered steel bridge option.
The town voted unanimously to re-evaluate the Klondyke Bridge project and go back to tender.
Inclusive playground equipment being installed
Bay Roberts is in the process of installing a new piece of playground equipment at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex.
It’s billed as an inclusive structure that will expand the recreational options for many in the community.