Second Avenue in Simcoe poised for $2.5 million rebuild

Second Avenue in Simcoe. (Simcoe Reformer photo)

Second Avenue in Simcoe. (Simcoe Reformer photo)


The next two years are going to be a time of renewal for Second Avenue in Simcoe.

At a recent meeting, Norfolk council approved a complete rebuild of the westerly section of Second Avenue from Hunt Street North to the Davis Creek bridge.

Phase I is worth $2.5 million and includes the reconstruction of Upper Wellington Street from First Avenue to Second Avenue.

A total of 29 construction companies expressed an interest in the project. Five submitted bids.

The low tender in the amount of $2.2 million was submitted by Morley’s Contracting of Paris.

In a report to Norfolk council, public works staff noted that only $470,000 separated the low bid from the high bid.

“Based on the number of bids received and limited variation between the lowest bids, the prices appear reasonable and competitive,” county technologist Kevin Verkindt said in a report to council.

Phase I begins this month and is expected to wrap up at the end of September. On the to-do list are new water mains, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, a new road bed, new curb and gutters, sidewalks and new asphalt.

Phase II is slated for 2019. This involves a rebuild of Second Avenue from Upper Wellington Street east to Norfolk Street North.