Bridge projects run $290,000 over budget

The replacement of four bridges and a culvert is going to cost Brock Township roughly $290,000 more than initially anticipated.

Three reports detailing the municipality’s tender process for the projects were included on the agenda for Monday’s (April 8) meeting of council.

The projects include:

Bridge 2 (on Concession 5 Brock, south of Sunderland) — $130,500 initially budgeted, lowest tender at $205,460;

Bridge 8 (St. John Street in Cannington) and Culvert 318 (near Wilfrid) – $208,260 initially budgeted, lowest tender at $292,020; and,

Bridge 9 (Laidlaw Street in Cannington) and Bridge 42 (Concession 9 Brock) – $188,720 initially budgeted, lowest tender at $323,136.

“Some of these were actually budgeted a few years ago…we’re going from 2015 dollars to now,” Works Director Nick Colucci told members of council.

Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer noted that quotes received by the Township varied by as much as $500,000.

“It’s all over the place,” he said.

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