Project, approved March 28, comes with a budget of $887,000
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.
The Town of Bay Roberts is taking another crack at finding a company to replace the Klondyke Bridge.