City green lights more construction on Boundary Road
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Boundary Road crosses two jurisdictions as sections fall in the City of Pembroke and Laurentian Valley. Here at Trafalgar Road, motorists drive from the township into the city.
The City of Pembroke is holding out hope that Laurentian Valley will join them in a reconstruction of Boundary Road.
In April, council approved phase one of the Boundary Road project from Amira Street South to Bennett Street at a cost of $462,831. The project was budgeted for $996,708.
Currently that leaves a surplus of $415,000.At the time, council also directed staff to negotiate the possible extension of the contract t o include additional reconstruction of Boundary Road in the 2018 season. On Tuesday night, operations manager Brian Lewis said there is an opportunity to get more done on the stretch and recommended moving to phase two, which will take construction from Trafalgar Road to Karen Street at a cost of $335,306. With design work and consultants fees, phase two will come up to $414,000.
“With an available surplus in the project budget and the very favourable tender pricing received, it may be advantageous to include additional reconstruction of Boundary Road,” said Lewis. “The contractor and consultant are in agreement to hold tendered unit pricing for the additional works, and agree the work could be completed this year.”
Greenlighting the second phase, council awarded the contract to R.G.T. Clouthier Construction Limited. The city had requested the County of Renfrew get involved as Boundary Road is a major thoroughfare that serves both the city and the county. That request was turned down, however, the city had invited Laurentian Valley, which borders on Boundary Road and is served by the road, to discuss a possible cost-sharing arrangement. To date, the city has not heard back from the township.
“I’m still disappointed that we haven’t heard back from Laurentian Valley,” said LeMay. “I’m still hoping that we will be invited to their council. This is a win-win for both populations.”
The mayor stated that they would be looking to split costs for the 2019-2020 budget year. He added that the road does lie in Pembroke’s jurisdiction but Laurentian Valley shares the westerly border. LeMay said this could be similar to the arrangement that Laurentian Valley has with the Town of Petawawa to reconstruct Achray Road.
“We should firmly holding them to it,” said Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais, who noted that he was reminded by one township councillor that Laurentian Valley geographically surround the city. “They need to come to the table individually on each and every item that impacts the City of Pembroke.”