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City recommending $2.7M rehab of road at 'end of useful life'

Lees Road 'has issues from numerous frost heaves, deteriorating drainage culverts, and safety concerns due to lack of protection along the adjacent creek'
2022 06 23 Lees Road Tower Drive (Campaigne)
North Bay City Council will vote on the award of a $2.7-million rehabilitation contract for Lees Road.

Lees Road could be in for a multi-million dollar facelift with City Council's approval of a $2.7-million rehabilitation contract with Pioneer Construction
Inc. during Tuesday's regular meeting.

City staff is recommending the project's go-ahead because the two-kilometre-long Lees Road has been identified as being near — or at — the end of its useful life and the maintenance needed to keep the road operational continues to increase. The long and winding Lees Road experiences various structural issues, including frost heaves, deteriorating drainage culverts, and safety concerns due to a lack of protection along the adjacent creek.

According to the associated staff report, "The existing road geometry affects the operations, safety and capacity of the road [and] will be upgraded as part of the project."  This includes "safety cable guiderail along the length of the adjacent creek; removal of frost heaves; replacement of corroding culverts; pulverizing of existing asphalt road; two lifts of asphalt paving; installation of asphalt curb; ditching and other ancillary items."

According to municipal council documents, the Lees Road project would commence at the Tower Drive end in September, if approved. The City is in the midst of another major contracted road rehabilitation project near the intersection of Lees Road and Trout Lake Road. That work is scheduled to wrap up this September.

The Pioneer bid was the lowest of four evaluated by the City, is considered fair and reasonable, and provides the best overall value.

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