City promises to spend another $4.65M on bridge project fix

OBJ Staff
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City councillors have agreed to increase the budget for a bridge project that ground to a halt two months ago over concerns about its design.

The City of Ottawa is spearheading the pedestrian bridge project on the Airport Parkway.

The bridge over the Airport Parkway was originally supposed to cost $7 million, according to a staff report on the subject.

That increased on Tuesday morning, however, when councillors on the city's finance and economic development committee approved spending another $4.65 million to complete it.

Construction stopped earlier this fall when the city announced it had discovered problems with the design engineering firm Genivar had produced. The two sides’ disagreement over the issue led to the company being terminated from the project.

It was the bridge’s second major delay.

Last year the project’s general contractor, Louis W. Bray Construction, ordered an engineering estimate to determine what had happened to parts of the concrete that had completely disintegrated.

Staff now expect construction to resume by late spring or early summer of next year. They believe it will be completed and ready for use by late 2014 or early 2015.

The bridge is designed to give pedestrians the ability to cross the busy Airport Parkway between the Hunt Club area and the southeast Transitway.

See also: Genivar-city bridge dispute yields lessons for engineering firms.

Organizations: Genivar, Hunt Club

Geographic location: Transitway

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  • Barry McKay
    January 20, 2014 - 17:57

    Couldn't agree more. If the City can't oversee construction of a toytown bridge without going 60+% over budget, just where will the $2 billion tunnel project end up? I can see double digit tax increases looming on the horizon in place of the current 2% figure.

  • Anthony
    December 04, 2013 - 08:50

    ...Or we can just call it a day on this boondoggle. What is it with this city and building bridges? Does this fiasco inspire any confidence in our upcoming LRT project and their plans to dig a tunnel under our downtown core?