Construction should be done in time for busy Friday the 13th
This silver maple at the intersection of Main Street and Greenock Street West is slated for removal as part of Phase III of the Main Street rebuild in Port Dover. Norfolk council is expected to award the contract for this phase of the rebuild at its meeting Tuesday night (March 21, 2017). MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER
Norfolk County is preparing to award the contract for the third and final phase of the Main Street rebuild in Port Dover.
Four firms submitted qualifying bids when tenders were called this winter.
With a bid of $2.2 million, R.F. Almas of Hagersville appears to have the inside track. The three competing bids are all in excess of $2.5 million.
This phase of the project involves Main Street from Greenock Street in the north to Chapman Street in the south. Also on deck are Greenock Street West from Main Street to St. George Street and McNab Street West from Main Street to St. George Street.
When construction is complete, Main Street in Port Dover will have been completely rebuilt from Thompson Drive in the north to Harbour Street at the waterfront – a distance of nearly 2.5 kilometres.
Phase III will begin in April. It is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.
If the county is able to hold to this schedule, construction will be finished in time for the Friday the 13th motorcycle rally in October. Past rallies at this time of year have attracted more than 100,000 visitors and more than 10,000 motorcycles.
For the duration of construction, eastbound traffic on Main Street will be re-rerouted down St. George Street to Market Street by way of Alma Street. Westbound traffic on Main Street will be re-routed up St. Andrew Street by way of Park Street.
The Main Street rebuild has on occasion involved the removal of trees. The tree-removal plan for Phase III is comparatively light. A large silver maple will come down at the southwest corner of Greenock and Main, but that’s it.
In a report to council, project supervisor Jeff Demeulemeester noted that the bidding for Phase III is well within the allotted budget of $2.5 million.
Norfolk council will consider the report at its council-in-committee meeting Tuesday in the council chamber at Governor Simcoe Square. The meeting gets underway at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.