Spring now on the horizon, Wellesley has started to line up what typically follows the disappearance of the snow: road construction projects.
Paving is planned for areas around Linwood, including Ament Line, Gordon Hain Street, Isabella Street, Alfred Street, and the Linwood Community Centre parking lot.
On the gravel side, work is slated for Hutchison Road, Hackbart Road, Boomer Line, Empey Road, Temperance Road, Bricker School Line, Mallot Road, Powell Road, and Sloman Lane.
Meeting by video conference Tuesday night, township councillors awarded a tender to Joe Kerr Limited to supply and haul gravel for a cost not to exceed $288,469.60. Brantco Construction’s was the winning bid to perform asphalt paving and sidewalk construction at a total cost of $704,424.24.
Areas which will see concrete sidewalks include Lawrence Street in Wellesley (phase two) – infill sidewalk, Isabella Street in Linwood – remove and replace, and Church Street and Charles Street in St. Clements – infill sidewalk.
In response to Coun. Carl Smit’s question about whether the sidewalks in St. Clements will be asphalt or concrete, director of public works Chris Cook indicated concrete will be used.
“There’ll be a boulevard on the Church Street side, and they’ll be curb-face on the Charles Street side,” said Cook.
With the gravel contract, council voted to increase the budget following a significant jump in the price of the materials. During the budget process, the township estimated it would require 22,500 tonnes of gravel at a cost of about $275,000, but price increases meant the budgeted amount would provide just 19,300 tonnes, a 14.3 per cent reduction.
Cook recommended a five per cent increase in the budget to help offset that decrease in materials at least somewhat, though the gravel will be spread thinner over the year. Staff will monitor the roads for any negative impact.
The actual work of spreading and grading the gravel will be done by township public works staff immediately after the supply trucks deliver the gravel.
About a third of the township’s gravel roads are worked on each year.