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Major milestone for County Road 43 rehabilitation project as contractor chosen

Screengrab via County Road 43 video on North Grenville’s website

In a significant development for the joint infrastructure efforts of the Municipality of North Grenville and the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, the long-awaited decision regarding the County Road 43 Rehabilitation Project took centre stage during the regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

The tender, which was released to pre-qualified contractors on Sept. 27 and closed on Nov. 14, has seen R.W. Tomlinson Limited emerge as the lowest bidder, offering their services at a value of $38.9 million for this critical rehabilitation project.

This joint endeavour, funded with the Municipality of North Grenville responsible for approximately 23 per cent of expenditures and the United Counties assuming the remaining, has also received a substantial boost through a secured grant of about $8.3 million from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. This grant significantly offsets the total project cost estimated at $50 million.

“The plans for the County Road 43 Rehabilitation Project are a reflection of the shared dedication of the United Counties and the Municipality of North Grenville to crucial improvements to our joint infrastructure,” said Nancy Peckford, mayor of North Grenville.

Peckford emphasized the substantial benefits of the project, foreseeing enhanced traffic flows, expanded commercial activity, and heightened safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists along the busy regional thoroughfare spanning from Colonnade to County Road 44 in the Town of Kemptville.

Acknowledging the collaborative efforts, Peckford extended gratitude to MPP Steve Clark and neighbouring municipalities’ representatives for their support.

The recommendation for approval by Counties’ Committee of the Whole represents a significant milestone in a multi-year journey, involving securing funding from multiple government levels, extensive studies, and numerous land acquisitions; it has required the key support of local MPP Steve Clark, who has expressed his unwavering support for the CR 43 Rehabilitation Project since 2018. Former provincial Minister McNaughton, as well as former federal Ministers Catherine McKenna and Maryam Monsef were also key to approving a joint federal – provincial $8.3 million grant under the Improving Canada’s Infrastructure Project.

The project encompasses pivotal enhancements across approximately two kilometres, converting the road into a four-lane boulevard between County Road 44 and the Colonnade Shopping district, alongside the installation of a new four-lane bridge replacing the existing two-lane structure, both of which have reached the end of their lifespan.

Anticipating final approval by Counties Council on December 14th, the project’s commencement in 2024 is planned, with continuous updates provided to keep the community informed about timelines, progress, and potential impacts.

To ensure transparent communication, a dedicated website, a local liaison committee involving businesses and stakeholders, live camera feeds, and a comprehensive communications strategy will be implemented. This strategy aims to disseminate information about traffic disruptions, potential closures, construction schedules, and other pertinent details.

Following an extensive review process that included stringent pre-qualification screening, the recommendation for approval of the tender on Dec. 6 signifies the confidence of Counties staff in selecting R.W. Tomlinson Limited. The company’s submission not only presented the lowest bid but also met the rigorous standards required for what stands as the largest road project in Counties’ history.

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