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Dollars Climb for Haggith Creek Crossing Repair

Thursday, August 11, 2016 @ 6:00 AM

haggithPrince George, B.C. -It’s going to  cost more  to upgrade the  Willowcale Road crossing of Haggith Creek.

(at right, image of undermining of Willowcale Road  at Haggith Creek – image courtesy City of Prince George)

The City had budgeted $1.8 million for the repair to the  crossing  but  the  submissions from  5 project bidders  were all well over that  budgeted amount.

The lowest bid  was just over $2.5 million  from Belvedere Place Contracting Ltd.  Allowing for a 10% contingency in the event there are  surprises,  means the  budget for the project will be boosted to $2.78 million.

The highest  submission was from  Western  Industrial Contractors Ltd,  with a bid of $3.64 million.

The  slope has been “unravelling”, undermining the  road.  The City  first  examined the issue  in late February of this year,  and  at that  time  indicated the heavy loads  moving to and from sawmills,    may be contributing to  further deterioration., and says the primary cause of the problem is  the old standard corrugated culvert  that has rotted and in some places, split,  allowing  dirt to spill into the culvert and  cause sink holes in Willowcale Road.

Late last month, the urgent need for repair  had the City  abandon its plan to borrow the money  through the Municipal finance Authority and instead, borrow from  its  own  Endowment fund  so concrete could be  poured  and properly set before freeze up.

The new  crossing will replace the culvert  with a  full bridge,  and the concrete needs to be poured  before freeze up. so this won’t happen again.

The project calls for the  aging and crumbling metal culvert to be  replaced with a  full bridge.



This is the cost of having no one at city hall watching the infrastructure and having a proper maintenance program suitable for the level of use one should expect. We saved a few dollars over the years ignoring that road and now the city pays tenfold on the saving .

    I would suggest the City engineers for the past 20 years, didn’t do their due diligence. Taxpayers now pay for it.

Maybe the city needs someone doing the budget for projects like this who has a rudimentary understanding of the issue.

Next, they will and are having problems on Lansdowne hill. It already started washing away and they put what looks like asphalt on the edge closest to the river. It is starting to wash away on another spot. Maybe to much legal turmoil on who owns the property?

It certainly looks as though the City has dragged their feet on this location, for too long.
The road there started ‘washing out’ so to speak, some time ago, they finally go to tender in July?

Sounds like they were “hoping” the bids would be around 1.8 million, but with 4 contenders all well above the budget, it is quite obvious that someone is not being realistic in their budgetary expectations.

Looks like a lot of work to dig it all out and put a bridge in place.

Did they look at installing a new, larger, polymer culvert?
That would have to be much less expense, compared to a bridge.


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