County benefits from competitive construction pricing

Road project comes in about $270,000 under budget

Red Deer County continues to stretch its construction dollars.

A tight economy has led to hot competition among construction companies with municipalities benefiting.

A paving project for Range Road 284 from 11A to Township Road 384 came in at at $1.57 million, well below the original estimate of $1.84 million, not including a 10 per cent contingency.

“It shows our process is definitely working,” said Red Deer Mayor Jim Wood on Tuesday.

Since there is new development proposed along the road, part of the cost will eventually be paid by the developer. How much will be worked out later.

There was some debate about why the project was pushed forward in the county’s long-range construction schedule.

Council heard the road was falling apart and will require costly maintenance if it is not redone.

Coun. Christine Moore, whose division includes the road, said it would be a “false economy to just let this go.”

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