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Revised reconstruction of Picton Main moves forward

A $5,309,000 revised reconstruction of Picton Main Street will move forward in two parts after two over-budget delays.

Tenders advertised last year exceeded the budget allocation by more than 100 per cent and council last August voted to re-tender in 2022.

One tender was received in February this year – 63 per cent higher than the estimated construction cost and 30 per cent higher than the available capital budget, excluding design and other costs.

Again a decision was made not to proceed with a contract as tendered. Instead, the project was reduced in scope and is to be completed in two phases this year and next. The first is for work between Bridge and Johnson, the second from Johnson to Spencer.

Council Tuesday night, approved the lowest of two tenders, from R.W. Tomlinson Ltd.

Work this year includes reconstruction of sanitary and storm sewers, new watermain construction, road base and pavement, curb and gutter and sidewalks. Existing decorative street lighting between Bridge and Johnston streets will be replaced with same-style fixtures.

To accommodate new development in the Picton east area, a new Picton east sewage pumping station is planned for construction to replace the existing pumping station on County Road 49, east of Spencer Street. Sewage flows from this station are to be redirected to the Main Street sewer system rather than the Hill Street pumping station. Once completed the underground work in the first and second phases will include construction of a new sewer force main from Spencer to Fairfield streets and construction of a large gravity sanitary sewer from Fairfield to Bridge streets.

The second phase of the project from Johnson to Spencer will need to be examined and planned in 2023.

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  1. Dennis Fox says:

    I am assuming that construction of part one will take place over this summer. Does anyone know where the traffic will be re-routed to – both for this year and for part two?

    I do understand the need to upgrade infrastructure – but a good portion of this work (according to the article) is due to new development. How much of the total bill will be covered by new development charges? We have been told time and time again, that we need new development to offset our taxes and the cost of such things as water and sewer rate. I was hoping that more details would be made available to the public to show us how this mad push to develop PEC was actually beneficial for us. Has anyone read anything on this topic? Also, I haven’t read anything about how new development is addressing our affordable housing needs – any news on that front? In fact, and more to the point, I have not read anything anywhere supporting the notion that the residents of PEC want all this development – how about any of you, have you heard anything on this topic?

  2. Michelle says:

    Wouldn’t one think that Ameliasburgh taxpayers who predominately use Bellevile services would get tired of million dollar projects in Picton? I guess it is a wash as Belleville taxes are high as well,

  3. Chuck says:

    If it takes 5 million to get from the Town Hill to Johnson St then it must reasonably cost another 10 million to get to the Beer Store. Unbelievable costs.

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