Water project cost increases

Armstrong council voted unanimously with the staff recommendation to not award the tender

High tender prices have put a damper on an Armstrong water main upgrade project.

The Pleasant Valley Road project was put out to tender in late August and closed Sept. 11. Five bids were received, with the lowest price for the project coming in at just under $270,400.

The city budgeted $180,000 for the upgrade.

“The tendering and construction date for this project was selected after the IPE, with a specified construction completion of Nov. 15, 2014,” said Tim Perepolkin, the city’s public works manager.

“We believe the tender prices may be escalated due to the late construction season and short work window before the onset of winter.”

Council voted unanimously with the staff recommendation to not award the tender. Staff will revisit the scope of the project and the upgrade could be back on the city’s books for 2015.