Town’s street upgrades to cost at least $2 million

As the snow continues to melt, paving and sidewalk projects have been lined up for the Town of Stettler.

As the snow continues to melt, paving and sidewalk projects have been lined up for the Town of Stettler.

Town council reports that the upgrades would cost more than $2 million.

At its regular meeting last Tuesday, council awarded the main tender to Brooks Asphalt and Concrete, with its bid of $2,065,225.83 the lowest of four tenders.

“Brooks Asphalt has indicated that a construction start date of June 1, with an expected completion date of July 31, weather depending,” stated a report from Melissa Robbins, the town’s director of operational services.

Tenders include a five per cent contingency and several provisional items, so the figures of each component don’t balance, Robbins said.

Patchwork on roads will be cut from $156,610 to the budgeted $100,000, Robbins told council.

Overall, the budgeted $2,233,500 includes $400,000 from the provincial government to reconstruct Highway 56 between 53 and 57 streets, and the overall cost rises to $2,266,714.

The components of that project include work to:

— Reconstruct 50 Avenue and 49 Street, $778,905 (over the $735,000 budgeted).

— Overlay Cemetery Road, $115,335 (under the $125,000 budgeted).

— Pave the parking lot at Stettler Recreation Centre, $322,505 (over the $322,000 budgeted).

— Pave the parking lot at Stettler Curling Rink, $139,235 (under the $152,000 budgeted).

— Repair part of Meadowview Drive, $109,960 (under the $125,000 budgeted).

— Pathways for $100,000 (on budget).

— Paving the parking lot at Stettler Fire Hall, $189,789 (over the $174,500 budgeted).

Sidewalk repairs this summer

Council awarded a tender to J. Branco and Sons Concrete Services Ltd. of Wetaskiwin, with a low bid of $104,278.13, to replace various sections of concrete sidewalk throughout the town. That figure is well below the budgeted $125,000.

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