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New schedule set for Beech St. upgrades

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CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – Proposed upgrades to Beech St. in Campbell River between Alder St. and 10th Ave. this summer are being postponed and will now begin in the spring of 2023.

The work is being delayed because a tender process for the construction returned a proposal that was much more than the budget for the project.

The project will include improved lighting, crosswalks and boulevards, new water, sewer and storm mains, and an upgraded roadway.

“Council is committed to seeing the Beech St. renewal project completed as another important step in improving the infrastructure,” says Campbell River Mayor Andy Adams. “With rising costs and supply chain issues, I am confident that our decision as council to revisit the timing and scope of the project and re-tendering at a better time for potential contractors is the fiscally responsible and right decision.”

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The new timetable will now see an engineering review this summer or fall and a new tender posted this fall or winter.

“Completing an engineering review and reviewing the schedule on this project could find ways to reduce the complexity and identify further efficiencies to reduce the cost,” said deputy city manager Ron Neufeld. “We’re confident that in the end, the project will achieve the same goals for the area.”

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