March 11, 2014 - 1:13 PM
KAMLOOPS — The realignment of Lorne Street, 1 Avenue and Lansdowne Street was put to tender and with council approval on Tuesday the project is now moving forward.
Council opted to put off the project to save a few dollars after a lone bid came in too high last August. In February, the lowest bid was just over the $1.8 million budgeted for the project. Staff is ready to move forward, and council agrees.
The final phase of the Lorne Street enhancement project is intended to help improve traffic circulation and better connect Riverside Park to the downtown core.
The first three phases involved electrical upgrades on Lorne Street, road, sidewalk and utility upgrades, including the installation of the new roundabout at 3 Avenue, and landscaping.
Work on the final phase is expected to begin in April and should take five to six months to complete.
If council chose to not award the contract maintenance work would still need to have been completed on Lansdowne Street and Lorne Street at a cost of more than $150,000 (from the capital projects budget). Another $110,000 (from the Lorne Street budget) of work would also have been needed to complete the previous phase on Lorne Street.
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-This story was updated at 9:06 a.m., March 6, 2014 to add council approval.
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