The County of Grande Prairie has secured a new contractor and the Rio Grande Bridge replacement is moving forward, once again.

In June, the original successful bidder for the project indicated to the County that they were defaulting and no longer able to proceed with the work, putting the project on hold.

The new contractor, Formula Contractors Limited, has already pushed the start button on moving the project forward. Work is expected to begin on site later this season.

Crews will take a break over the winter season then return to finish pouring the concrete and the remaining work in spring 2022.

Access to the new bridge is expected by October 2022, a delay from the original timeline of August 2022. The old bridge salvage is still expected to be completed by March 2023.

Last year, County Council approved $6.97 million in funding for the bridge replacement. In February, Council awarded the contract to DCL Construction Services Ltd. The value of the new contract is $9.25 million. The increase in cost will be covered in full by surety bonds which were put in place with the original contact, pending any unexpected costs covered by contingency funding.

The County uses surety bonds on many construction projects to protect organizational and taxpayer investments. A surety bond is a legal agreement that provides financial guarantees that contracts will be completed according to mutual terms.

The Rio Grande Bridge is located on Range Road 121, south of Township Road 704.

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For more information, please contact:

Dale Van Volkingburgh
Public Works Director