SG con­tem­plates $2.3M in road­work

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - News

BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff South Glen­garry coun­cil will be con­sid­er­ing seven roads depart­ment projects – worth an es­ti­mated to­tal of $2.3 mil­lion – dur­ing 2019 cap­i­tal bud­get talks.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by gen­eral man­ager of in­fra­struc­ture ser­vices Ewen MacDon­ald, the re­con­struc­tion of William Street in Williamstown would be the costli­est ini­tia­tive, with a price tag of ap­prox­i­mately $1.3 mil­lion.

Mr. MacDon­ald noted that if not for an atyp­i­cal struc­tural is­sue, the cost would be lower. “Most of our road re­con­struc­tion projects don’t in­volve un­der­ground in­fra­struc­ture in the ru­ral ar­eas and ham­lets be­cause there aren’t wa­ter and waste­water ser­vices there,” he said. “How­ever, in this sit­u­a­tion, there are storm sew­ers there, and new storm sew­ers would be re­quired.”

Mr. MacDon­ald added that the pres­ence of those un­der­ground con­duits presents an­other chal­lenge.

“I have no idea where they are,” he ad­mit­ted. “Even some of the em­ploy­ees who have been around here for a fair bit of time...no­body seems to know. They’ve prob­a­bly been in there for 100 years or so.”

Fol­low­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion by Mr. MacDon­ald, coun­cil ap­proved the is­su­ing of a re­quest for pro­posal for the de­sign and ten­der doc­u­ments for the William Street re­con­struc­tion for 2018, lay­ing the ground­work for the pro­ject to be­gin next year.

Pre­lim­i­nary de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing work on three bridges – the Cash­ion Road Bridge, south­east of Mart­in­town; the 2nd Line Road Bridge, just north of North Lan­caster; and the 3rd Line Road Bridge, north of Glen Ne­vis – at a com­bined es­ti­mated cost of $135,000, will also be con­sid­ered dur­ing the 2019 cap­i­tal bud­get dis­cus­sions, with the phys­i­cal work on the struc­tures slated for 2020.

Round­ing out the list of pro­posed projects are pad and over­lay work on 2nd Line Road, at an es­ti­mated cost of $550,000, as well as dou­blesur­face treat­ment and fog seal­ing on Beaupre and Frog Hol­low Roads – pegged at $135,000 and $195,300, re­spec­tively.

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