CORNWALL – Aggressive bidding by contractors will yield a budget savings for SDG Counties on its major road contracts this year.
Counties Council approved at its February 22 meeting its hot-mix paving and cold-in-place recycling contracts for the 2022 construction season.
The hot-mix paving contract was a joint-tender contract along with South Stormont Township. Cornwall Gravel won the $5,308,465 contract beating the other bidder, Coco Paving Inc. by over $1.11 million. South Stormont will pay $432,880 for its part of the joint-tender.
The cold-in-place contract was awarded to Orangeville-based Roto Mill Inc. for $3,557,553.14. That bid was nearly $300,000 lower than that from Miller Paving Limited.
The two contracts make up the bulk of the budgeted $11.1 million capital projects budget for the Counties’ transportation department. Ben deHaan, director of transportation for SDG told council that the savings in the contracts will lead to about a $365,000 surplus this year.
A policy passed by SDG Counties Council in 2021 directed any surpluses in the transportation department would be held in a special now-needs reserve to fund additional road work in subsequent years.
The transportation department, including its capital repairs program, makes up about 49 per cent of the annual budget of SDG.
This article was originally written for, and published in, The Morrisburg Leader.