Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:25

Council approves funding for Swift Current bridge rehabilitation

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The upcoming rehabilitation of a street bridge across the Swift Current Creek will result in some road detours in Swift Current.


The contract for the rehabilitation of a bridge along South Railway Street East was awarded during a regular City of Swift Current council meeting, Aug. 28.
Mitch Minken, the City’s general manager of infrastructure and operations, anticipated the complete closure of the bridge during the project.
“We will engage in discussions with the contractor to determine the schedule and work method, but I would expect that we’ll take that bridge completely out of service for the time that it takes to get it done,” he said.
Last year the 2nd Avenue overpass in Swift Current was closed for a few months to rehabilitate that structure, but the South Railway street bridge project will be completed in a much shorter period.
“It’s a much smaller bridge than the last one that we did,” he noted. “I think that we’re probably looking at a six- to eight-week window for repairs to that one where it would be out of service. The contractor will be responsible for determining traffic accommodations and movement around that site. So it will take that eastern portion of South Railway out of service for the time that it takes to rebuild that.”
He expects the work to start very soon, because the goal is to complete the project this fall.
“This project needs to be completed before it freezes up,” he said. “So we’ll be getting going immediately.”
The contract of $505,560.12 (excluding GST) was awarded to PCL Construction Management Inc.
The total cost of the project, including engineering design and construction management services, will be $550,000.
The project was placed on tender, but PCL Construction Management was the only company that submitted a bid.
“Bridge work is fairly busy right now throughout the province,” Minken said. “There’s lots of work going on. So at this time there wasn’t that many contractors available to provide the work.”
The consulting engineering company WSP recommended to the City to award the contract to PCL Construction Management, because the bid was within the budgeted costs and the company has successfully completed other bridge rehabilitation projects in the province.
This bridge on South Railway Street East, which is located near the entrance road to Kinetic Exhibition Park, was constructed in 1977.
“The City of Swift Current has been planning a rehabilitation of the bridge since 2012,” he said. “Condition assessments in 2010, 2012 and 2017 revealed that the bridge requires rehabilitation, which involves removing and replacing the asphalt surface, installation of a waterproofing membrane, replacing the expansion joints and performing concrete repairs on the existing abutments, piers and decks.”
After the completion of the project the bridge will comply with modern safety standards. For that reason, the improvements to the structure will include an increase to the height of the barriers on the edge of the roadway.

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