Brief information was provided in the development and works committee report that the preliminary design received from the engineer has an approximate cost of $239,000, which exceeds the funding of $183,000 the town has received from the COVID Resilient Fund.
Councillor Mike Coulas, chair of the committee, said at the August 17 council meeting that the design will be reviewed to determine where costs can be reduced, if possible.
Although over-budget, the committee feels the project should proceed, even if the town is required to pay for some of the project.
“I think everybody can agree this is a landmark in town that is far better than some of the other ones,” he said.
Staff has been directed to review the design and determine items than can be removed and/or included as provisional items within the construction tender, Coun. Coulas said.
He noted the bridge will remain suspended with the use of a more durable material.
Residents will be invited to a public meeting to provide feedback on the design, Coun. Coulas said.
Connie Tabbert, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader