Ranger Road bridge work $1 mil­lion be­low es­ti­mate

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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.

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