Competitive bids on paving contract

By Chad Ingram

Published May 17 2016

The following are brief reports of items discussed during a May 11 Haliburton County roads committee meeting .

Councillors and staff were pleased that three of five bids on a $1.3-million paving contract came in within about $55000 of one another.

The contract – for the rehabilitation and hot-mix paving of seven kilometres of County Road 503 and three kilometres of County Road 648 – will be awarded to CoCo Paving Inc. for $1.323 million. Bids from Norway Asphalt Ltd. and Royel Paving came in at $1.348 million and $1.378 million respectively.
“I was happy to see good competition there” said roads director Craig Douglas.

The work on County Road 503 will extend east from County Road 507 and the work on County Road 648 will extend east from Harcourt.

A portion of Horseshoe Lake Road will be closed in the fall as rehabilitation work is performed on the Horseshoe Lake dam.

Roads director Craig Douglas told councillors a section of the road south of the intersection with Bethel Road will be blocked off for about two months. The federal government announced last year that millions would be spent on renovations to Trent Severn Waterway infrastructure including some dams in the county.

Algonquin Highlands Reeve and County Warden Carol Moffatt wondered if the appropriate people – EMS the school board residents etc. – were being notified and Douglas said detour signs would be put in place.

“Other than notifying us they’re doing it there’s been no consultation” said Minden Hills Reeve Brent Devolin.

In addition it was decided that the county will invest about $650 in signage reminding motorists not to use handheld devices while driving.