Oak Valley Bridge rehabilitation approved

CORNWALL – SDG Counties council approved a $1.16 million contract for the rehabilitation of the Oak Valley Bridge on County Road 5 west of Winchester Springs.

The project, awarded to Dalcon Constructors Ltd., will overhaul the 37 year old bridge in 2024, to avoid the need for a bridge replacement.

The bridge project was substituted by the Counties last month, replacing the County Road 3 Inkerman Bridge project for 2024. That bridge replacement project will take place in 2025.

CR 5 through Oak Valley and CR 3 through Inkerman are the designated detour routes for each other meaning both projects could not move forward at the same time.

Dalcon’s $1,157,000 bid was the lowest of seven bids received in the tender process.

The bridge will be closed to all traffic and the project is expected to be completed entirely in the 2024 construction season.

Several tenders relating to the summer road construction projects, including joint tenders with local municipal governments, were approved at the April 15 meeting.

Cornwall Gravel won a $7.6 million contract for Hot Mix Paving. Included in this is an $810k portion for the City of Cornwall, and $590k for paving in North Dundas.

Roto Mill Inc. was awarded a $5.7 million contract for Cold-in-Place road recycling. Cornwall is paying $1.1 million for their portion of the work.

SDG approved a $4.2 million contract with Blair Asphalt Products for Skin Patching, but only $400k of the work is for the Counties proper.

The joint bid will see most of the work done for lower-tier municipalities. This includes $1.4 million in North Glengarry, $1 million in South Dundas, $710k in South Glengarry, and $619K in South Stormont. The Counties’ portion will cover repairs on CR 5.

Peninsula Construction Inc. was awarded a $357k contract for replacement guardrails. Of that countract, $17k is for North Dundas, $77.6k is for South Stormont.

The Counties’ annual roadside weed spraying contract was awarded to Wagar and Corput Weed Control Inc. for $46.3k. All six lower-tier municipalities took part in the joint tender.

Another joint tender approved is $243k for culvert pipe. Atlantic Industries Limited will deliver pipe to the Counties along with South Stormont, North Dundas and North Stormont.

Ingleside-based S.G. Wells Ford won two tenders for new trucks. The first tender, for two regular cab half-tonne trucks will cost SDG Counties $95,178. Four extended cab half-tonne trucks, two for SDG Counties and two for South Stormont, will cost $239,834.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Morrisburg Leader