Ranger Road bridge work $1 million below estimate
BY ANGELA BROWN
Staff North Glengarry will be replacing a bridge near Dalkeith this summer at a cost that is about $1 million below the original estimate.
Arnco Construction and Excavation, from Hawkesbury, has been awarded a $348,300 contract to replace the Ranger Road Bridge, which can now only handle light vehicles.
“It’s done,” said Mayor Chris McDonell at a recent council meeting. “You can’t put a fire truck across it. We can’t put snow plows over it. The only thing you are allowed to put across there is a car.”
While rescue trucks can use the bridge the mayor pointed out that the bridge needs to be replaced to improve access for everyone. Workers manage to plow the bridge with smaller trucks. Alternately if the bridge needs to be plowed with a larger truck, crews make sure it is almost empty to reduce the load on the structure.
The initial price tag for the new bridge was $1.5 million; that estimate was later reduced to $750,000.
“After some discussion with Arnco and reporting these estimates, they indicated that they were willing to provide a onetime proposal and price with a solution that would be much less expensive,” said public works director Ryan Morton.
Crews will be able to replace the bridge at a significantly lower cost than originally anticipated as a result of advancements in technology.
The new deck of the bridge located at County Road 24 will likely last 75 years. The work will be financed by $296,822 in gas tax funding, Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) funding of $49,367, and $28,288 from reserves, to cover an overall anticipated project cost of about $ 374,000. Mr. Morton said the only concern for the township would be helping two residents who would have to be temporarily relocated during the one-month construction period, which will start in July. The township will be meeting with the residents to discuss their options. The municipality provided some leeway in its budget for the project in the event the family needs assistance in temporarily re-locating.
Money for bridges and infrastructure The township received a bit of a lift to help with its bridges in the form of $49,000 in provincial funds.
The grants North Glengarry receives must be used for capital projects and capital maintenance for the “renewal, rehabilitation and replacement” of its core infrastructure.
Province- wide, the government is investing more than $ 130 billion in infrastructure over the next ten years.