$4.4 million to repair storm, sanitary and water main sewers over two years in the L’Orignal floodplain

The Township of Champlain awarded the contract for the King Street Storm Sewer and Roads Reconstruction Project, approved as part of the 2022 Capital Budget. Cornwall Gravel Company Limited was awarded the construction contract; the company offered $4,455,491.70 plus HST for the contract. The only other bid submitted was from Clarence McDonald Excavation Ltd., which offered $6,121,444.50 for the work.

Following the tender, it was determined that an additional temporary water supply was not required, through further discussions with Ivaco Rolling Mills, saving $68,400 , reducing the cost of the project to $4,387,091.70.

Thanks to federal and provincial grants, the municipality will receive $2,243,040.40 for the cost of the work.

As in many small communities, aging storm and sanitary sewers, coupled with extreme rainfall, have forced municipalities to seek funds to rebuild infrastructure. The Township of Champlain has been pushing for this work for several years, but had been unsuccessful in securing federal and provincial financial support thus far.

EVB Engineering prepared the tender documents and the project design. Work is underway to address the influx and seepage around areas of downtown L’Orignal. The project will also address a flooding issue that has occurred at the low point of Peter Street between King and Marston Streets during some rain storms.

The work of the project will take place over two years. The first phase will focus on Wharf Street and King Street from Wharf Street east to 30 meters past Peter Street in 2022. In 2023, two sections on King Street from John Street to Wharf and 30 meters after Peter Street to Dufour Street in 2023.

A report to council said the main works in 2022 will be to create new stormwater infrastructure on Wharf Street, with a connection between King Street and the current Wharf Street outlet to the Ottawa River. Works on King Street will replace AC water mains, storm sewers and reline sanitary sewers and will include road construction except for the final lift (layer) between Wharf Street and 30 meters east. is after St. Peter. Final paving will be completed in 2023 to avoid connection joints in the asphalt.

The report goes on to say that in 2023 the main works will be to complete the underground infrastructure works and rebuild the road on King Street between John Street and Wharf Street, as well as new surfacing and sidewalks between 30 meters east after Peter to Dufour Street. A few storm sewer issues will also be addressed on Dufour Street.

Council was informed that the original budget estimate of $3,449,660 was lower than the lowest bid amount of $4.4 million. EVB’s price estimate was also low compared to bids, due to price increases related to fuel and material costs.

The areas outlined in the report that explain the price increases include: a 192% price increase for storm sewer removal; a 346% increase in the removal of asbestos-concrete water pipes, an 80% increase in the cost of 250mm water pipes, a 73% increase in the cost of HL-8 asphalt and a 128% increase in the cost of concrete sidewalks, all representing nearly $700,000 in additional costs compared to the amount included in the 2022 municipal budget.