Klondyke Bridge re­place­ment head­ing back to ten­der

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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