City staff is in the process of finding out whether or not it can team up with the province on its paving contract.
“The provincial government put out its tender,” Coun. Cameron Stolz said. “Staff is trying to find out if there is an opportunity for the city to piggyback. I’m unsure where discussions are at on that.”
Traditionally the province has received a better price for paving than the city, leading council to direct staff to see if there is an opportunity to partner with the province on paving projects this year, though there is a challenge in doing so.
“If there is an opportunity, that’s where the challenge comes in,” he said. “What is our price, and what is the price of the provincial government, and is there savings there? Traditionally and historically the provincial government gets a better price on the cost of paving, but until we get our price, we don’t know if it’s comparable or not.”
Another factor is the city’s paving work is different than the province’s.
“Some of our work is mill and grind, some hot-in-place,” Stolz said. “With the provincial government most of the paving is hot-in-place. For us, hot-in-place paving is only good on long sections of roadway.
In fact, there are many different types of paving, most with sub-categories.
Stolz said there will be no impact on the budget whether or not the city and province partner.
“The way our budget is set up right now on paving, we’ve got the most money being committed on an ongoing basis this year (nearly $500,000) and $200,000 on a one-time basis,” he said. “Our intended paving is based on the prices we’ve historically gotten. If it’s cheaper than we do spot intersections. We are traditionally under-budget and so we do some additional paving.”
The paving list this year includes: Winnipeg to Carney, 20th Ave/Massey Dr./Hwy. 16, Northwood Pulp Rd./Clubhouse Dr./Aberdeen Rd., Chief Lake Rd./Foothills Blvd./ Hwy. 97, Foothills Blvd./Foothills Bridge, Foothills Blvd. 2009 limit-890 metres south, 22nd Ave. Central St., Ospika Blvd., University Way, Shane Creek Bridge, Foothills Blvd., Old Summit Lake Rd., 2011 limit – 1,400m north, Rainbow Dr., Ospika Blvd – Ahbau St, /West Austin Rd., South Kelly Rd, Hwy. 97, Cranbrook Hill Rd., 2011 limit, 15th Ave., Johnson St., 10th Ave., 15th Ave., Lyon St., 15th ave., 18th Ave., Nicholson St., 22nd Ave., Opie Cres., West Austin Rd., Foothills Blvd., Kelly Rd.