Spallumcheen awards contract for paving

Vernon Paving won the tender for the township’s 2016 capital roads program

A Vernon company will take care of Spallumcheen’s road projects this year.

Vernon Paving won the tender for the township’s 2016 capital roads program, which is the full depth reclamation and paving of four portions of Spallumcheen’s 200-kilometres of road.

“The low tender price from Vernon Paving of $992,800.75 is $22,200 lower than the 2016 budget amount of $1,015,000,” said Spallumcheen public works manager Ed Forslund.

“Vernon Paving has successfully completed previous work for the township.”

The total budget amount for the progam is just under $1.1 million, which includes the $1,015,000 for full depth reclamation and paving, as well as $84,750 for engineering, surveying, testing and geotechnical costs.

Vernon Paving was the lowest bidder out of two tenders received for the project.

In 2016, the following roads will received full depth reclamation and paving:

St. Anne’s Road from Highway 97 to Otter Lake Road, approximately one kilometre;

Otter lake Road from St. Anne’s Road to Larkin X Road, approximately 2.1 kilometres;

Larkin X Road from Otter Lake Road to the bridge, approximately 0.6 kilometres;

Stepney X Road from Fortune Creek Bridge to Back Enderby Road, approximately 0.6 kilometres.

Coun. Christine Fraser reminded residents that the projects are only for reclamation and paving, not for putting in brand new roads.

“The cost for 4.3 kilometres of road for just reclamation is over a million dollars and we have 200 kilometres of roads in the township,” said Fraser.

“When people wonder where their tax dollars go, a lot of it goes to roads.”

Added Forslund: “We would probably not be able to do one of these projects as a full reconstruction versus what we pay for base reclamation. I’m very happy with the success of the program.”