SG contemplates $2.3M in roadwork
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.