After more than two years with no way to cross the Porcupine River near Hoyle, a contract for a new bridge has been awarded to Looby Construction of Stratford.
The city’s infrastructure director, Scott Tam, told council the project is worth $5-million; about $600,000 lower than budgeted.
“Looby is the second lowest bidder,” he notes, “as the first lowest bidder did not qualify based on the fact that they didn’t meet the similar scope and size of this project.”
The existing bridge was closed due to safety concerns.in November, 2021, and traffic between Hwy. 101 and Connaught redirected to Carrigan Road.
Councillor John Curley’s ward encompasses that area. He’s glad the city is able to deliver.
“It also has a time frame,” Curley points out, “so by November of this year, the bridge will be open.”
The city has also awarded a contract to rehabilitate the bridge on the west end of Porcupine,and the Mattagami River bridge connecting Algonquin Blvd. to Riverside Dr.