Gas tax funds to cover bridge replacement

The township will proceed with the replacement of a Concession 14 bridge, though the source of funding for the project has now changed.

Last year, in anticipation of future federal or provincial infrastructure grants, council ap­proved  preliminary engi­neer­ing work for the replacement of the single-lane bowstring bridge located on Con­cession 14 in former Mary­bor­ough township.

At the time, Public Works Director Larry Lynch told council he chose the Conces­sion 14 bridge after a review of R.J. Burnside’s “2000 to 2004 inventory of [Maple­ton] roads and bridges and the associated assessment of infrastructure needs.”

The township then applied for the funding earlier this year, but was recently informed its application was unsuccessful.

Finance Director Mike Giv­ens suggested the township instead use federal gas tax funds to cover the cost of the bride replacement. Council unanimously agreed to that proposal. On June 9 the township reviewed four tenders received for the project, which were opened May 14 at the township office.

Council awarded the project to Reeves Construction Limit­ed, which submitted the low bid of $619,099 plus GST. The other tenders ranged from $667,794 to $940,864.