Second phase of Front Street reconstruction in Orillia to cost less than allocated $9.5 million budget

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The second phase of the reconstruction of Front Street in Orillia will cost less than originally anticipated, with the winning tender saving the city $260,000.

The City had allocated $9.5 million in the 2020 Capital Budget for the reconstruction of Front Street from Colborne Street East to Laclie Street. Three tenders for the project were received on Feb. 12, with the lowest and winning bid coming in at $8,245,000 from Arnott Construction. The work is expected to begin in the spring, OrilliaMatters reported.

The first phase of the Front Street project, from Queen Street East to Colborne Street East, was largely completed last year, with the budget for that phase being $6.5 million.

Reconstruction of Front Street addresses the deteriorated condition of the roads, and to provide improvements to existing servicing infrastructure.

Completed works include:

  • Installation of water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater sewer infrastructure
  • Completion of road surface, including concrete curbs, sidewalks, and entrances
  • Asphalt driveway entrances
  • The temporary multi-use trail between King Street and Elgin Street
  • Installation of street light and traffic signal bases complete with pertinent works
  • Placement of temporary aggregate material in the spaces where patterned decorative concrete is planned within the boulevard. This will ensure that the area is safe for pedestrian
  • Installation of streetlights and traffic signals, including the removal of existing traffic signals and associated concrete bases
  • Installation of regulatory traffic signs, and pavement markings

Second phase:

  • Placement of nursery sod
  • Planting of street boulevard trees and planters complete with accompanying plants
  • Removal of the temporary aggregate material placed in the fall of 2019
  • Installation of the boulevard patterned decorative concrete
  • Final application of pavement markings as required

It’s anticipated that Arnott Construction will start work on the second phase early this spring. A number of evergreen trees and various trees/brush will need to be removed.

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