The City of Williams Lake has taken advantage of an opportunity to repave a 1.8 section of Soda Creek Road.
Mayor Walt Cobb calls it good news.
“This is something new that we had to do some rearrangements in our budget for but it was one of our priorities. With the contractor in being in town and being able to do some work for us, we made a deal and it’s going to happen now. We didn’t think it was going to be able to be done until next year.”
Cobb says they are now looking at spending a couple hundred thousand for the project, less half of than what they were quoted last year.
Green Roads Recycling will undertake the repaving of the Road from the dump turn-off to just past the railroad tracks with equipment capable of performing large volumes of Hot in Place Recycling work at high speeds where the asphalt is heated, removed, rejuvenated, and relayed to a depth of 50mm.
The roadwork which is hoped to take only 2 days to complete is scheduled to get underway Friday (June 23) morning.
As for other paving projects for 2017 Cobb says only bid came in and that they will be looking for savings.
“Because it was a little bit over our budget. So basically we authorized staff to go back and see if we could fine tune it and see if we have to cut the project list, or see if we can negotiate a better price.”
This year’s pavement rehabilitation in Williams Lake has an approved budget of $1.3 million dollars and $636,400 for the waterworks portion which includes the replacement of water service saddles.
The waterworks portion in the award contract by Peter Bros Construction Limited is over the approved budget by $70,000.
“This component of the project comes with significant cost due to the extensive amount of street to be rehabilitated this year, and correspondingly high amount of water saddles within that paved area. This is exacerbated by the location of the watermain on 11th Avenue, which will require extensive curb, sidewalk, and property restoration. Restoration costs as tendered are higher than expected,” said engineering technologist, Jeff Bernardy says in a June 14 Council Report.