Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of North Bay has issued a request for tenders for the reconstruction of a section of Main Street.
The submission deadline is Feb. 23.
Once a contract has been awarded, construction will be scheduled along Main Street between Cassells Street and Sherbrooke Street and on Ferguson Street between Main Street and Oak Street. Work is expected to get underway in early spring.
The project includes replacement of surface infrastructure including new asphalt roadway, brushed concrete and exposed aggregate sidewalks, curb and gutter, retaining walls, stairs, railings, benches, traffic lights, festoon lighting and other ancillary works. It will be the first major renovation to Main Street in nearly 40 years.
Originally planned for 2022, tendering was postponed last year following consultation with downtown businesses due to concern about the potential impact of construction at the beginning of their post-COVID-19 recovery.
Prior to construction, members of the public will have an opportunity to review construction drawings, examine the project schedule, and ask City staff and Contractor project related questions during an open house at city hall. Notification of the public meeting will be circulated once a low bid contractor has been awarded the project.
The last major renovations to Main Street were completed nearly 40 years ago and much of the surface infrastructure has reached the end of its life and requires replacement. This includes; interlocking brick roadway and sidewalks, curbs and gutters, retaining walls, stairs, railings, benches and lighting.
Revitalization of Main Street was also identified as a major component of the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan (DWMP).
For more project information, please visit https://www.northbay.ca/projects/main-street-revitalization.