Bay Roberts look­ing to ex­pand Coun­try Road

Plan put in place to ex­pand road and add side­walk

The Compass - - Editorial - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

Recre­ation ten­ders

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.

JOE GIBBONS/THE TELEGRAM

One per­son was killed as the re­sult of an ac­ci­dent last week on the Tran­sCanada High­way

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Phillip Wood, mayor of Bay Roberts

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