The County of Brant has awarded a contract for the reconstruction of Market Street in Paris during the council meeting on Tuesday, May 24.
The contract, awarded to Amico Infrastructures Incorporated, carries a price tag of $4,281,821.87 excluding HST.
Councillor John Pierce raised concerns about the price, noting that the next lowest bid on the project cost $3 million more than Amico Infrastructure.
“I’m hoping that I was not the only one shocked at the difference in price here,” he said. “There’s a statement in there that states ‘good value for the scope of work’. I’m curious as to how the same scope of work could actually have a three to $4 million difference in price.”
Project engineer Mark Maxwell said that all numbers are a construction estimate, but the bids could represent the current climate in the construction industry.
“I think this is really symbolic of this challenging purchasing market that we’re in right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of work and not a lot of people that are interested in doing it. So I think that’s probably the explanation on why we’ve got such a variance between the low bid and the second bid.”
Councillor Pierce asked Maxwell if the company had done work in the county before, to which he confirmed noting Amico Infrastructures work in the Brant Business Park.
This project is broken down to receive funding from four different accounts (roads, water, sanitary and storm). Some of the approved budget is allocated for contract administration and site inspection of the current project and also for phase two detailed design which is currently underway. The approved budget contains $5,812,387.00 for the project.
The project will include the replacement and upsizing of the existing watermain between Silver Street and Capron Street, the replacement and upsizing of storm and sanitary sewers between Silver Street and Capron Street, full depth road reconstruction, boulevard improvements and private entrance improvements, new sidewalk on both sides of the road between Silver Street and Capron Street and provisional watermain installation, sanitary sewer extension and road resurfacing on Brydges Street.
The next phase of this project will be on Broadway Street West from Capron Street to West River Street. The work is currently being designed and construction is tentatively planned to begin in 2023.