March 10, 2015 - 3:42 PM
KAMLOOPS - Expect to see roadwork begin in as little as a month as crews prepare to undertake the six-month $10.3-million Overlanders Bridge project.
The contract, which was approved by council today, Tuesday, March 10, will include work on the connecting roads, the bridge deck and the west sidewalk.
Work on the connecting roads will take place in April and May and work on the bridge deck and sidewalk is set for May through October. The contractor has been given approval to work 24 hours per day as long as at least one lane in either direction is open at all times.
The bridge deck, which has a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years, has not been replaced since 1989. The project had already been approved and was supposed to take place in the summer of 2014 but faced delays and an increased budget when failing supports under the west sidewalk were discovered early in 2014. By the summer the addition of work to the sidewalk was approved.
A $9.3-million loan was previously approved and the remaining funds will come out of the arterial road program, active transportation fund and the bridge rehabilitation fund.
The alternative approval process for the $2-million loan necessary to complete work on Columbia Street this summer was also approved today. That project, which includes work to both the roads and sidewalks from 2 Avenue to 6 Avenue, will now go to tender with work set to be complete by September.
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