Norfolk approves projects worth $4.3M

New bridge near La Salette

This worn-out single-lane bridge on Norfolk Road 19 between Windham Road 9 and Windham Road 10 south of La Salette will be replaced with a sturdy two-lane bridge. Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus says farmers in the neighborhood can be counted on to give the new structure a good workout come harvest. – Norfolk County photo

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A bridge strong enough to handle heavy tractors and implements is slated for the La Salette area.

March 10, Norfolk council approved a $1.46-million tender for the replacement of the Sideroad Lot 22 bridge on Norfolk Road 19 between Windham Road 9 and Windham Road 10.

The low bid was submitted by Finnbilt General Contracting of Stratford.

A two-lane structure will replace the single-lane bridge currently in place. During discussion of the project March 10, Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said an ample, sturdy bridge will serve farmers well in this part of Norfolk.

“I’m sure they would support a two-lane bridge,” Columbus said. “They will probably take 20, 30 loads over it a day at peak harvest.”

This project represents another tender in Norfolk where the low bid came in higher than the budget estimate. Accumulated shortfalls in this area have prompted public works to recommend a delay of a road improvement project in the area of Sunninghill Drive in Port Dover. Total savings in doing so amounts to $1.93 million.

Norfolk council approved two other major projects March 10.

The competition for the right to rebuild Kent Street North in Simcoe illustrates that tendering can be a game of inches. The project in play encompasses all of Kent Street North between Colborne Street North and Robinson Street.

Gedco Excavating Ltd. of Brantford is the county’s contractor of choice with a low bid of $2.62 million. Gedco’s bid was $2,630 lower than the $2.622 million bid submitted by Elgin Construction Co. of St. Thomas.

In Delhi, R.F. Almas Co. of Hagersville is the contractor of choice with a low bid of $1.26 million for the reconstruction of Crysler Street and Maple Avenue.