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Extra $1.4 million for new intersection

Works committee raises budget by more than 25 per cent

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

The region’s budget for the new intersection at Conlin Road and Simcoe Street North has gone up by more than 25 per cent before shovels have gone into the ground.

Regional council had approved a budget of $4.07 million for the project, which will see the widening of both Conlin and Simcoe, along with new medians for pedestrian crossing and other infrastructure needs.

At the last meeting of the region’s works committee, a report from Cliff Curtis, the region’s works commissioner, called for an additional $1.4 million in funding, bringing the budget up to $5.47 million.

The works committee passed the measure unanimously, and will be forwarded to regional council for the final vote.

Janet Mosher, a project manager in the works department, says the cause for the bump in the budget is due to the design changing between when the budget was initially prepared and the design’s completion.

“At the time that we prepared the 2015 budget, which was last summer, the design was at 30 per cent, so some elements of the project have changed,” she told The Oshawa Express, adding some of those elements include excavation work, asphalt and storm water management.

Mosher adds that under the final project design, storm sewer construction on Conlin extends further west than originally planned, which in turn lead to additional project costs.

“There were some additional water main relocations in relation to the storm water management design,” she said.