Open house to detail City of Penticton capital works projects

City of Penticton’s hosting an open house Wednesday to fill the community in on capital works projects.

Penticton’s capital works contract for 2012 has just been approved and the city is holding an open house today to fill the community in on the details.

The contract was awarded to Cantex Okanagan Construction Ltd., who will install water mains, sanitary sewer mains, storm sewer improvements and repave roads.

“We received three different tenders and the prices ranged from $2.4 million to $2.88 million,” said Mitch Moroziuk, director of operations. In determining the low bidder, he said, there were other costs that had to be considered, including right of way acquisition, administration costs and a contingency fund.

“When you account for those, the range of total costs for this project range from about $2.093 million to $2.5 million, depending on whether you include the three optional items or not.”

Roads slated for some or extensive improvements include: Alberta Avenue, Alexander Avenue, Ellis Street, Nanaimo Avenue, Naramata Road, Maple Street, Robinson Street, SOEC parking lot and Waterloo Avenue. Potential projects that depend on timing include Main Street between Industrial and Warren Avenues, and Perkins Crescent.

Some projects will entail significant amount of works along selected streets and could include road, curb, gutter and sidewalk works, and underground utility upgrades. The contractor will meet weekly with city staff to review progress made and adjust construction schedules accordingly.

The public open house will be held this evening at 5 p.m. in the city hall council chambers. The contractor and city staff will be present to review the proposed schedule and answer any questions or concerns residents or businesses might have with respect to the project.