Road work, sewer station contracts awarded

Fort St. John city council awarded $5 million in contracts Monday to two local companies for road and sewer construction projects this year.

Council approved a $2.51 million contract to S. Young Enterprises of Fort St. John for 2020 capital roadwork projects.

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The work includes the construction/paving of 96th Street at Kin Park from 117th Avenue to Northern Light Drive, as well as the installation of storm sewers, streetlights, trail, and pedestrian controlled crosswalk on Northern Lights Drive, and sanitary sewer upgrades. 

The work package also includes the installation of sidewalks and streetlights along 116th Avenue from 86th Street to 89A Street, and storm sewer installation on 101st Street from 105th Avenue to 108th Avenue, to service the new RCMP building site.

“96th Street is currently gravel surfaced and this project will bring it to an asphalt paved surface,” Engineering Manager Jim Stewart wrote in a report to council.

“The installation of storm sewer on 101st Street is the first step in its ultimate asphalt paving towards the end of the construction of the new RCMP Building. The installation of sidewalk on 116th Avenue completes the sidewalk on that avenue and adds to the walkability of the city.”

The city has budgeted $3.275 million for the work.

Knappett Industries submitted a $2.64 million bid for the work, and Terus Construction submitted a $2.73 million bid.

Sewage lift station

Council approved a $2.67 million contract to Knappett Industries of Fort St. John for upgrades to the south sewage lift station.

The station, built in 1999, is the main lift station for the southern portion of the city's sanitary sewer collection system. It pumped more than 524,627,000 litres of wastewater for treatment in 2019.

“As the City has grown, so has the amount of wastewater flowing into the Lift Station,” Jeremy Garner, director of public works and utilities, wrote in a report to council.

“The recent additions and upgrades to the wastewater gravity mainlines, along with continued and proposed development in the City, requires that the pumping capacity of the Lift Station be increased.”

Upgrades include replacing the three 100-horsepower submersible pumps with larger pumps equipped with motors that can automatically adjust their speed to meet demand.

The station will also receive upgrades to the force-main discharge lines, and other retrofits to make the facility safer and more efficient, Garner said.

The city has budgeted $3 million for the work, and has applied for three different grants to help fund the project, but was unsuccessful in each application, Garner noted.

The city received three other bids for the work, from Chapman Industries ($3.37 million), S. Young Enterprises ($2.91 million), and Filtrum Construction ($3.4 million)

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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