Hospital sidewalk on hold

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Tenders much higher than expected

Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland are taking another look at a proposed sidewalk to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre after a tender came in much higher than expected.

It’s unlikely a sidewalk from Amherst to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre will be constructed this year. A tender for the project came in much higher than expected and both the town and Municipality of Cumberland are hoping to renegotiate with the low bidder to see if the project can still continue.

AMHERST – A plan to build a sidewalk from Amherst to the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre are on hold at least for this year.

“The tenders came in higher than we expected so we’ve asked to staff to provide us with a recommendation based on this information,” Mayor Robert Small said.

The town and the Municipality of Cumberland have been working together for more than a year to have the sidewalk built from the town boundary to the regional hospital with the town paying for its portion of sidewalk from Robert Angus drive to the town boundary and the county paying to have the sidewalk built from the boundary, through the on and off ramps of the Trans-Canada Highway to the hospital.

The sidewalk was an election issue last year in the county with candidate Marilyn Thompson bringing forward a petition from area residents requesting the sidewalk be built, along with a crosswalk across Highway 2.

Both municipalities worked with Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal to overcome whatever concerns it may have with the project.

County Warden Keith Hunter said his municipality remains in the planning process and he’s still optimistic it can be completed, just not this year.

“It came in over budget, so we’re going back to the low bidder to see if we can renegotiate with him,” Hunter said. “We plan to do it if we can do it at a reasonable cost, but that’s a decision council will have to make as a whole.”

There was one tender for the entire sidewalk with the costs broken down to the town’s portion and the county’s.

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Organizations: Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre, Trans-Canada Highway

Geographic location: AMHERST

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  • Mike
    October 15, 2013 - 15:33

    "The tender came in much higher than expected" the common Nova Scotia excuse! So glad I moved out of that province!

  • Mike
    October 15, 2013 - 15:31

    "The tender came in much higher than expected" the common Nova Scotia excuse! So glad I moved out of that province!

  • lol
    October 15, 2013 - 08:56

    Stop putting money into down town. There has to be a sidewalk there. a lot of people walk to the hospital. Someone is going to get killed sooner or later, then what? morons who run this town don't give a rats ass about lower income people who walk. Get it done.

  • Dick
    October 15, 2013 - 08:07

    I don't understand how municipal staff cannot determine an estimate that will fall within the range of tenders that are submitted? This has happened to the River Hebert High School as well. CCRSB staff or Dept of Ed has set aside an amount of capital budget that should cover the cost of the high school. Yet we all know the delays are due to high tenders that are outside the budget range. And here we are again: not enough money in the capital budget to fall within the range of tenders. Either staff do not know how to calculate estimates or companies are trying to jam projects for the most money they can get. I choose the former. Basic financial courses should be mandatory for staff who do the estimates in my opinion