King Street overhaul to begin in Delhi

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Motorists passing through Delhi on Highway 3 this summer are asked to pack extra patience now that a major rebuild of King Street is about to begin.

Norfolk council this week awarded the $3.9-million job to Sierra Infrastructure of Woodstock. Sierra submitted the low bid for the construction portion of the work in the amount of $3.5 million.

The work between Church Street in the east and Mill Street in the west will start this month and carry on possibly to the end of the year. The section in question represents the major east-west thoroughfare through the downtown.

“There’s 10- to 13,000 vehicles that pass through here each day,” Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus said. “The business people in Delhi are anxious to get this done.”

Nearly 30 firms obtained bid packages. Four complete bids were returned. The high bid in the amount of $4.6 million was submitted by Oxford Civil Group.

The bid process will force Norfolk to revise its 2019-2028 capital budget.

The county had initially set aside $2 million for the job, which includes the installation of new water and wastewater infrastructure, a new road bed, and new asphalt among other improvements.

Staff will work with the Ministry of Transportation to determine whether the province can contribute additional funding under Ontario’s Connecting Links program.

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