Project, ap­proved March 28, comes with a bud­get of $887,000

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Bay Roberts coun­cil agreed to is­sue a new ten­der to re­place the Klondyke Bridge.

The re­place­ment project, ap­proved at the March 28 coun­cil meet­ing, comes with a bud­get of $887,000, well above the ini­tial es­ti­mate of $360,000 used when the town orig­i­nally ten­dered the project last year. Both bids the town re­ceived at that time came in at around $1.3 mil­lion.

Struc­tural en­gi­neers took an­other look at the de­sign af­ter coun­cil de­cided not to award the con­tract to ei­ther com­pany. This time, bid­ders will be asked to price three op­tions for the town to con­sider — a cross­lam­i­nated tim­ber bridge, a pre­cast con­crete deck bridge and a pre-en­gi­neered steel bridge.

The town first iden­ti­fied the need to ei­ther re­place or re­pair the Klondyke Bridge in 2015. A re­port for coun­cil pre­pared that year in­di­cated wooden guardrails and abut­ments at the ends of the bridge needed re­plac­ing to meet Cana­dian High­way and Bridge de­sign code. A fur­ther re­port from a struc­tural en­gi­neer iden­ti­fied the need to re­place the bridge.

If a con­tract is awarded, work to re­place the bridge will not start un­til 2018, as the cost to re­place it is not ac­counted for in the cur­rent bud­get.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

The Town of Bay Roberts is tak­ing an­other crack at find­ing a com­pany to re­place the Klondyke Bridge.

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