PORT HAWKESBURY: Town councillors announced they have awarded the contract for the street upgrade project, that’s part of the larger Destination Reeves Street project, during their regular town council meeting on April 2.

Terry Doyle, Port Hawkesbury’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) said the town received three bids on the project from, SW Weeks Construction Ltd., Northern Construction Inc., and Dexter Construction Company Ltd., and as of March 29, a contract is in place with Dexter Construction, who was the low bidder.

The $1.5 million contract is for the construction of the active transportation lane from the NSCC Strait Area Campus to the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre, which Doyle said has a 2019 value before taxes of $1,190,000.99 and another bid for the remainder of the work in 2020 of $309,808 – subject to funding.

Following the meeting, Brenda Chisholm-Beaton, the town’s mayor, said town officials are pretty excited to finally be at a point to award the contract.

“When we put out that tender, we had a description of the work we wanted to have done in that particular phase…” she said. “We had three companies put forward proposals for that work, and we went with Dexter Construction who were able to check off all the boxes in the work we wanted to do in the budgeted allotment.”

On top of having the lowest bid, Chisholm-Beaton said Dexter Construction was able to achieve the high-quality desired work the town wanted to have done and kept the project in the budgeted allotted amount – something that was important for council.

“Certainly design is well on its way and we’re hoping to see this particular project start this spring. This phase will actually occur, the majority will be occurring through the spring and into the summer,” she explained. “Maybe some will roll over into the fall, but we’ll be looking at topping up that particular project with some work in the spring, one of those pieces would be to asphalt that trail so it will be as successful as possible.”