Smiths Falls awards engineering contracts for bridge work, water treatment plant

Posted on: August 9, 2017

Chris Must

The Town of Smiths Falls will award contracts for engineering services for both bridge rehabilitation work and replacement of water treatment equipment.

At a special meeting of town council’s Committee of the Whole on Aug. 8, Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop recommended that the Greer Galloway Group be awarded a $72,000 contract for design work on a project to rehabilitation three bridges along Beckwith Street, a $1.2 million project planned for 2018. The project will see repair work on the New Lock and Old Lock Bridges, and the Pedestrian Underpass.

Work on the Stone Arch Bridge located between the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and the intersection of Beckwith and Chambers Street has been underway for the past two years, thanks to $3.2 million in government grants. Dunlop also recommended the awarding of contracts to the engineering firm of RV Anderson & Associates for design work to replace water filtration media and ultraviolet water treatment systems at the town’s water treatment plant.

“Due to the complexity of these projects, the Public Works and Utilities Department requires the services of a professional engineer to advance the front end design work and prepare the tender specifications for these activities,” Dunlop stated in a report to council. Engineering costs are estimated at $11,000 for the water filtration media project, and $27,900 for the UV treatment systems project.