THE CITY’S planned showcase road construction project for this year has been stalled for now because of costs.
What was to be the reconstruction of the 4700 Block of McConnell between Eby and Sparks in the Horseshoe is now on hold while city officials pare down their original plan.
The city has $600,000 earmarked in this year’s capital budget for a complete overhaul including the surface, subsurface, drainage and water line.
But only one company – Bear Creek Contracting – submitted a bid and it came in at $825,973.75.
That figure did include roadbed construction and drainage and water system replacement.
But the price did not include paving, design, inspection or administration costs.
The city has put the project out to tender once again, this time reducing some of the original requirements in order to minimize costs.
“Modifications to the tender include the elimination of some works in the Eby St. intersection,” said city public works director Rob Schibli in an email. Work on other city road projects planned for this year started last week.
Ranking high on that list is a repaving of Kenney St. on the southside. That project will include widening to accommodate a bicycle travel lane.