CENTRE WELLINGTON – A public information meeting and special council meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 22 at the Elora Community Centre to outline the various design and funding options for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge. The goal of this meeting will be to showcase the options to the public for review prior to a special Council meeting that will follow the public information meeting. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to speak their thoughts on the project as delegates at the council meeting that will follow.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Elora Community Centre
5 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Public Open House. The public is encouraged to drop in during this time frame to review the design and funding options for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge and to fill in a survey to indicate their preferences and provide comments.
Presentation by BT Engineering
A special Council meeting where presentations will be made to Council by Staff and BT Engineering. Community delegations are encouraged to speak to Council at this time to provide feedback on their support for any of the design and funding options. We encourage people to register with the Township Clerk as a delegation however delegations will have the ability to speak without registering prior. Residents can register as a delegation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 519.846.9691 ext. 243. The presentation of the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge design and funding options will be posted on line for community review and input and survey responses on Wednesday, November 15th. The presentation and survey will be posted on the Township's website at www.centrewellington.ca/victoriastreet and www.connectcw.ca. Comments and completed surveys will be accepted until 12 p.m. on November 22.
In 2012, the Pearle Hospitality Elora Mill Development concept recognized the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as a key public connection between the Pearle South Side Development and the existing Downtown Elora Businesses. In 2015 the County of Wellington began the process to review the reconstruct/replacement of the Metcalfe St (Badley) Bridge due to some structural issues which required the closing of the sidewalks in late 2014. The need to replace the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in the short term arose during conversations with the County of Wellington as they were undertaking a review of the Badley (Metcalfe Street) Bridge rehabilitation or replacement through their Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process. As part of these discussions it was agreed that the re-instatement of the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge would provide significant improvements for public access to the downtown and for Downtown Elora businesses and residents especially during the Badley Bridge rehabilitation or replacement. For this reason the Township identified funding for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge as part of the 2016 budget which was latter approved by Council to be funded from the Jack R. MacDonald Trust funds.
In December of 2016, Council endorsed the EA preferred concept alternative for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge and directed staff to proceed with the detailed design, applications for regulatory approvals, preparation of tender documents and construction for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in 2017. As an important first step in the design development for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge, BT Engineering conducted a Value Engineering (VE) study of the project to reconcile the scope of the preferred bridge concept with the available budget. At the time of the VE study, the estimated construction cost of the EA concept design for the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge was $1,641,895 not including $100,000 for the north piazza or $200,000 for contingency, which brings the total estimated construction cost for the EA concept design to approximately $1.94 million. This cost estimate is approximately $840,000 over the allocated $1.1 million budget. The budget was set based on a very preliminary initial cost estimate for a simple bridge replacement. As the design development has progressed, the cost estimates have been refined, and further bridge design options have been generated to better achieve the objectives of the project in a cost effective manner.
Please visit www.centrewellington.ca/victoriastreet or www.connectcw.ca for more information and updates.
Kendra Martin | Communications Coordinator
Township of Centre Wellington | 1 MacDonald Square, Elora, ON N0B 1S0
519.846.9691 x220 centrewellington.ca
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