River Bend Drive rehabilitation on hold

PALMER RAPIDS – Work on River Bend drive in Palmer Rapids will be halted until next year, due to changing Federal requirements and backed-up administrative work.

The announcement was made on October 9, when Jason Moore from Prospective Engineering visited BLR council to open tenders.

That same morning was the closing deadline for bids for the estimated $840,200 project. Three businesses submitted applications, including Walsh Contracting, BEI and Clouthier Construction. Moore said the bids ranged from $613,000 to $1.1 million for the slope stabilization on the Madawaska River, and the environmental protection initiatives that come with it.

“This was a little more than what we had originally budgeted for,” Moore admitted. “But we could modify what we are going to do out there and still get what we basically want with Walsh’s low bid. The tricky part is that was all at 10 a.m. And at 11:30 a.m., I got a call from Infrastructure Canada.”

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