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Retaining wall adjacent to Mary Street lot will be replaced

Council has approved a $289,919 agreement with Wemp & Smith Construction Ltd. for the replacement of the retaining wall adjacent to the Mary Street Picton public parking lot.

Council also approved a budget increase of $35,400 to be funded from the capital sustainability reserve.

The existing cast-in-place reinforced concrete retaining wall is in poor condition. In 2018, Jewell Engineering completed a structural assessment and recommended the entire wall be replaced.

The public parking lot located at 47 Mary St., is partially supported by a retaining wall along the east side of the lot. The retaining wall exists to provide a level area for the parking lot as the original ground surface has a substantial slope toward the east.

The existing cast-in-place concrete retaining wall was constructed in four different sections. It is estimated the oldest sections were constructed in the early 1900s and contain no discernable reinforcing steel. The more recent sections were estimated to be constructed in the 1950s or 1960s and do contain a limited amount of reinforcing steel. The total length of the wall is approximately 80m or 260ft and reaches a maximum height of 2.6m or 8.5ft.

No request for tender (RFT) bids were received in the spring of 2021, but three were received from a second RFT in August – the lowest from Wemp & Smith at $339,268. Greater than the allocated budget for the project, staff revised the guard design to reduce costs and following a post tender addendum to all bidders, Wemp & Smith remained the lowest at $289,919.

Construction is to begin immediately following the contract award. The removal and reconstruction of the retaining wall will result in the closure of a portion of the Mary Street public parking lot for the duration of construction.

In the event construction cannot be completed this fall, the parking lot will be reopened through the winter and any outstanding items would be addressed early in the spring of 2022.

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