By Trevor Busch
Drainage issues on 64th Avenue will be rectified this year after town council approved a stormwater upgrade for the thoroughfare.
Heavy rainfall in late May highlighted poor drainage along the avenue in Taber’s industrial area, and following a resolution on June 22 the municipality examined culvert enhancements to control surcharging and flooding with an eye towards a potential capital improvement.
“Basically the grades weren’t set properly,” said public works director Gary Scherer at council’s July 20 meeting. “That was a big part of it.”
Administration developed the project, which includes dewatering and care of water, hydro excavation, removal and installation of culverts, ditch grading, culvert rip rap end treatments, and approach restoration. With engineering costs and a $10,000 contingency, total cost is estimated at $75,000.
Two local contractors were contacted for estimates, Groundtech Enterprises Inc. ($59,419.50) and RCB Excavating ($60,695.25). According to administration, both contractors could complete the project in the next two months, or it could be pushed into the 2021 capital budget.
Following discussion, council voted unanimously to direct administration to add the 64th Avenue Stormwater Upgrades project to the 2020 capital budget at a cost of $75,000, with funds to be allocated from capital reserves; and awarded the project to Groundtech Enterprises Inc. for $59,419.50 (inclusive of GST).
The original estimate for the project from MPE Engineering was $130,000.