Wetaskiwin awards asphalt and sidewalk project contracts

City of Wetaskiwin council has awarded tenders for the 2017 Asphalt Overlay Program and the 2017 Sidewalk Program...

Wetaskiwin city hall.

Wetaskiwin city hall.

City of Wetaskiwin council has awarded tenders for the 2017 Asphalt Overlay Program and the 2017 Sidewalk Program to the lowest bidders on each contract.

The decision came during council’s Feb. 13 meeting.

2017 Asphalt Overlay Program

Sue Howard, director of engineering and development, informed council 13 bids had been received for the project. “We had several of them that were under our budget.”

The contract is in the amount of $793,976.

The proposed action is in compliance with the 2017 Municipal Budget Approval in the amount of $1,000,000. Administration expects to use the entire $1,000,000 budgeted as per the project charter and will extend the limits of the paving work to utilize the entire budget.

Border Paving was the lowest bidder and in compliance. The company has also worked with the City of Wetaskiwin before and administration is confident it will be successful in completing the project to city specifications.

Coun. Bert Horvey questioned if the purpose of the 50mm asphalt overlay is to extend the life of a road.

Howard confirmed the overlay can extend the life of roads 10 to 15 years.

2017 Sidewalk Program

The contract for the 2017 Sidewalk Program was awarded to Blacktop Paving Inc. for the amount of $183,953.

Blacktop Paving Inc. was the lowest bidder of 10.

While the city has not worked with Blacktop Paving Inc. in the past Howard feels the company will be able complete the project to city specifications.

Coun. Wayne Neilson questioned if Howard and the city knew if Blacktop Paving Inc. would be utilizing local contractors in this project.

Branco added he had the same question and informed council he had received multiple phone calls last year with concerns relating to the matter.

Howard says the question is not typically one asked for lower cost projects, more so with larger projects.