Bay Roberts looking to expand Country Road
Plan put in place to expand road and add sidewalk
BAY ROBERTS, NL — A recent town council meeting held on June 13 in Bay Roberts saw discussion on ongoing capital works projects in the town.
A part of these projects involves work to be done on Country Road.
The Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment is currently reviewing tender documents for the project. Once reviews are completed, the project will be tendered.
During the meeting, details of the project were discussed. The road is planned to be widened by 6.8 metres, with a sidewalk added to one side.
Mayor Phillip Wood added that the town has been waiting for quite some time for approval of the project.
“We’re dealing with money that was awarded to us years ago,” said Wood, who was assured that the project was next on the to-do list.
Goose Pond Hill was also listed under the project updates.
The project for Goose Pong Hill is currently being designed, and plans include replacing the larger culvert that crosses the hill and leads up to the cemetery. A curb and gutter will also be installed.
This project is not yet set in stone, and reduction is a possibility, depending on the final project estimate.
The Goose Pond Hill project is set to be tendered in the later half of the summer, with construction looking to be completed by the fall.
Three tenders were awarded during the meeting as well, including one for the Bay Arena, the Butlerville playground, and the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex.
Roof repairs to the Bay Arena were included in the 2017 budget, with a budget of $150,000. The tender was issued in early spring of 2017.
Following Kraft Hockeyville, Bay Roberts received $25,000 to spend on what they deemed fit for the Bay Arena, which has been put toward the cost of roof repairs.
Four bids were received following the tender, which was awarded to CAN-AM construction, who offered the lowest bid of $70,504.30.
The Butlerville playground will be receiving washroom facilities following a tender contract awarded to Cove Construction, who submitted a bid of $40,250.
The washroom construction was included in the 2017 budget, with an original budget of $15,000. An extra $10,000 was added to this to extend the ballfield in the park, however, washroom facilities were deemed more important, and the $10,000 was added to the washroom construction instead.
Under the small infrastructure grant, the provincial government announced another $10,000 toward the project.
The third tender awarded during the meeting was for phase two of upgrades to the Wilbur Sparkes Complex.
A total of $1.4 million was allocated for the upgrades in the 2017 budget, and another $150,000 will be received through G.S.T. from the project.
The tender included rubberized surfaces, sliding hill, new ballfield, walking track, parking lot and landscaping. A splash pad will be added to the complex separately, but was not included in the tender.
$600,000 of the costs will cover the rubberized surface alone, but Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman said a price could not be put on the safety of the children who will take advantage of the facility.
The tender was awarded to CAN-AM construction who offered the lowest bid at a quote of $1,442,281.88.
A fatal two-vehicle collision took place on the Trans-Canada Highway, just west of the Veterans Memorial Highway.
First responders responded to a call at around 11 a.m. on Monday morning, June 12.
A vehicle towing a boat overturned on the highway, and another vehicle landed in the ditch just alongside Roaches Line.
The collision resulted in one death and five injuries, according to RCMP.
One lane was closed at the time of the accident, but later reopened.
One person was killed as the result of an accident last week on the TransCanada Highway
Phillip Wood, mayor of Bay Roberts