By Cole Parkinson
A one-mile section of Municipal District of Taber road is in need of repairs and administration is exploring a different technique to do the repairs.
The project was tendered out, with three bids received from Silver Ridge Construction ($780,887.60), Park-Air Asphalt and Maintenance ($841,325), and West-Can Seal Coating ($941,825), and there was $1 million approved in the budget for this project. The difference in this project comes from the fact administration wants to contract out a soil-cement type (Novo Crete) rebuild of this road.
“This is a bit of a pilot project, it’s something a little bit different. The NovoCrete provides a fibre into the concrete. It gives it some tensile strength as well, so we don’t have the typical cracking issues. The product also comes with a five-year warranty,” explained Stu Weber, director of Public Works at the M.D.’s regular meeting on March 22. “The other nice thing with these types of projects is the road as it sits right now will be worked into the final surface. All of the money that was spent in the past on cold mix and asphalt repairs, and all of the other things that are there, that money stays in the road instead of being milled off or hauled away and piled away in a gravel pit. Everything that is there right now stays.”
With the NovoCrete being a newer option to repair roads, administration further explained the benefits it would bring to this project.
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