The County of Wetaskiwin council used a recent special meeting to award two tender applications to construction projects as time was becoming a factor.
The first project before council was one of the construction projects recently approved for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program (STIP) funding.
Rose Creek Road (Township Road 460) is receiving 3.2 kilometers of granular base course and a double aggregate coat seal.
Council awarded the bid to Central City Asphalt Ltd. for $1.2 million.
“(It) came in under budget,” said Brian Anderson, assistant director of public works. The original estimate of the project was $1.7 million.
Anderson says work will start in early July. “Just be aware this will still have to be banned until it’s paved,” said Anderson.
“It’s banned now so nothing will change,” said Coun. Lyle Seely.
The second bid, for subgrade preparation of Township Road 240, was also awarded to Central City Asphalt Ltd.
The project, consisting of grade, base and paving, will take place between Secondary Highway 814 north and Secondary Highway 616.
“This came in a little over budget,” said Anderson, who noted a factor in the cost is the asphalt being shipped from Edmonton.
CAO Frank Coutney says another part of that jump is because the estimate was written three years ago.
Previously the municipality had looked at partnering on the project with Leduc County and Coutney says there may still be help coming from Leduc County. “How much, we won’t know until they vote.”
Having Leduc County partner on the project would be savings for both parties.
“It would be nice to partner with them. It would be nice to have a little bit of savings,” said Coun. Larry McKeever.
County says the best course of action is to allow Leduc County to approach the County of Wetaskiwin, and at that time administration will return to council with a recommendation.