County approves April tenders for roadwork and bridges

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Pembroke – Renfrew County council approved several tenders for upcoming roadwork and bridges last week.

“Just like that you spent 6.5 million dollars,” Warden Debbie Robinson noted following the Operations Committee report last Wednesday at council.

The most expensive project was the rehabilitation of the Petawawa River Bridge. Bonnechere Excavating Inc. of Renfrew received the contract for $1,806,574 plus HST. Additional funds will come from the working capital reserve to finance the project above the original budget allocation.

This was a last-minute addendum on Wednesday morning to the Operation Committee and had been discussed earlier in the morning prior to county council beginning. Arnprior County Councillor Dan Lynch asked why there had only been one contractor bidding on the project.

“We’ve usually had three or four from outside,” he said.

Manager of Infrastructure Taylor Hanrath said there usually are several bids on bridge projects.

“We did reach out to a number of contractors, and they simply stated because there were a number of tenders on the go in other areas,” he said.

As well, with the complexities of this tender, the other contractors passed on bidding on this project, he added.

Centennial Lake Road

A contract with Greenwood Paving of Pembroke for the rehabilitation of County Road 65 (Centennial Lake Road) for $1,143,330.89 plus HST was also approved. The road will be rehabilitated from the Black Donald Access Point to Deer Mountain Road, a distance of 4.45 kilometres in Greater Madawaska. Others bids for the project were from R.G.T. Clouthier Construction Ltd.; H&H Construction Inc.; Bonnechere Excavating Inc. and Eastway Contracting Inc. The current 2022 Capital Works budget includes funds in the amount of $1,128,270 for the rehabilitation of Centennial Lake Road.

Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon said he was familiar with the road during his time as mayor of Greater Madawaska. He asked if the budgeted work includes pulling back some of the rock cuts on this road.

“That has always been a long-term goal and question of mine over the years,” he said.

Director of Public Works Lee Perkins said there are some significant rock cuts on that road.

“Unfortunately, the county does not straighten out the road as much as we would like to in some areas,” he said, adding standards and specs are adhered to.

There are suggested speeds and that is used instead of pulling back the rock cuts, he said.

“That road is certainly one of the windier roads in the county,” he said. “We do try where we can but unfortunately when there are large rock cuts we can’t.”

Mount St. Patrick Bridge

A contract of over $680,000 was approved for the rehabilitation of the Mount St. Patrick Bridge. Council approved the contract submitted by Coco Paving Inc. of Kingston for the rehabilitation of County 35 Structure B057, also known as the Mount St. Patrick Bridge in the amount of $686,698 plus HST. The bridge is located on Mount St. Patrick Road, five kilometres south of Highway 132, in Greater Madawaska Township. There were three tenders received for the project. Other tenders were from Bonnechere Excavating and GMP Contracting Ltd of Markham. The 2022 Capital Works budget allotted $800,000 for the rehabilitation of this bridge.

As well, design services for the rehabilitation was awarded to HP Engineering under the signing authority of the CAO. The proposed cost is $81,305, plus HST.

Bucholtz Bridge

A contract was approved with GMP Contracting Ltd. of Markham for the rehabilitation of Bucholtz Bridge for $835,495.47 plus HST. The structure is located on County Road 58 (Round Lake Road), 100 metres east of Bucholtz Road, in Laurentian Valley. Other contractors submitting tenders were Bonnechere Excavating Inc., Renfrew; Dalcon Constructors Ltd., Ottawa; Coco Paving Inc., Kingston; Urban Links, Grimsby and Willis Kerr Contracting Ltd., Kemptville. The 2022 Capital Works budget includes funds in the amount of $950,000 for the rehabilitation of the structure.

Dafoe Road

County council approved a contract with Greenwood Paving (Pembroke) Ltd., for the rehabilitation of County Road 517 (Dafoe Road) in the amount of $943,818.01 plus HST. The rehabilitation will take place from Serran Road to County Road 62 (Combermere Road), a distance of 3.36 kilometres in Madawaska Valley. Other contractors submitting bids were: R.G.T. Clouthier Construction Ltd.; Bonnechere Excavating Inc. and H&H Construction Inc. The 2022 Capital Works budget allotted $1,134,484 for the rehabilitation of this portion of road.

Other tenders

A tender was also approved for the delivery of eight light duty pick up trucks from Surgenor Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ottawa for $432,318. One other tender was received and rejected due to being incomplete and not meeting the minimum requirements.

Horton Mayor Dave Bennett asked if there is any consideration in the future when the vehicles would be electric trucks and what the cost would be then. He said it was important to be prepared for the future.

“In order to be in tune with what is happening in the rest of the world and make sure electric vehicles can move into the county at a reasonable budget,” he said.

Mr. Perkins said there is no vehicle policy leaning towards greener vehicles at this time.

“As you know with the expanses in the County of Renfrew electric vehicles are somewhat prohibitive,” he said. “We don’t have charging stations. We don’t have infrastructure in place yet.”

He added there will be many options going forward, including compressed natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

“A lot of these are already being tested,” he said. “For example, electric plow trucks are now being tested in Scotland. Compressed natural gas vehicles have been used in the United States for 10 years.”

As the infrastructure improves things can be accommodated, Mr. Perkins said.

“We look forward to being a little greener in the future,” he said.

A tender for pavement marking submitted by Provincial Road Markings Inc. of Guelph for $657,003 was also awarded. There were four firms bidding for the contract, but only two tenders were considered complete.

A tender was approved for the Close-cut Clearing along County Road 512. The project was awarded to Six Nations Aecon of Toronto for $151,477.44 plus HST.

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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