Guelph/Eramosa gets a deal on township road construction project

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GUELPH/ERAMOSA – What was already a good deal before has become better as the Township of Guelph/Eramosa is getting more road work done while the project still comes in under budget.

At Monday’s meeting, council approved a contract extension to rehabilitate Township Road 3 from Highway 7 to the township boundary at Pine Creek Road.

In April, a $1.27 million bid was awarded to Cox Construction for improvements to Township Road 3 from Highway 7 up to Wellington Road 30.

This project was budgeted at nearly $1.6 million and therefore council directed staff to investigate resurfacing the other portion of the road with the same contractor.

Harry Niemi, director of public works, said this project will still be coming under budget by nearly $100,000 and a local gravel pit operator will be sharing some costs.

“There is a gravel pit operator on there just north of Wellington Road 30 that is seeking a little bit of additional improvements so they don’t need to follow half-load restrictions in the spring,” Niemi said.

“The pit operator will fund the improvements to negate the need for a half-load on the first portion and the township would be responsible for the resurfacing of the balance up to Pine Creek.”

There are a few additional costs but Niemi said negotiations aren’t final and the township portion may reduce as they fine tune.

“We never have an opportunity to complete over a kilometre of road for this price,” Niemi said.

Council unanimously approved this contract extension with mayor Chris White calling it good news for the township and the quarry operator.

“It makes a lot of sense and it’s not a road we get to that frequently,” White said. “Getting this much work done under budget is a good news story.”

Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com

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