It’s going to cost about $2.7 million more than expected but Quinte West Council has approved a tender for some critical water infrastructure work.
On Monday, council approved a $16.2 million dollar contract to Peak Engineering and Construction, for improvements to the Dundas Street pumping station, which would twin the river crossing and the force main infrastructure.
The original budget for the project was $13.6 million but assessments show more work needs to be done to shore up the 70-year-old river crossing and to address some complicated issues of the project, like proximity to the water and depth of excavation.
The work is planned to be done through the winter of 2018 and be finished by spring 2019, minimizing any negative impacts on activities in Centennial Park.
Council felt the added cost was worth it, since the major project will shore up the existing 70-year-old gravity sewer and add a twin line, to minimize service disruption in the event of a water main break.
Members of the Public Works and Environmental Services department say there is a potential to save about $300,000 as the project moves along.
The initial $13.6 million had been set aside as part of the 2018 to 2020 Wastewater Capital Investment Plan and the Director of Finance says the additional $2.7 million can be added without any impact on the approved rate structure.