City Calls Bond Company To Find New Bridge Contractor

- March 23rd, 2012

The City of Ottawa isn’t gambling on the future construction of the Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge.

The city decided it will activate its $23-million performance bond and consider ConCreate in default after the company recently went into receivership. Desroches said the city is on solid legal grounds because its contract with ConCreate has a clause about what happens in an event of receivership.

“We’re taking the bull by the horns here,” Coun. Steve Desroches said. “This gives us greater certainty.”

One of the most significant concerns involves the custom-built arches that are in Nova Scotia. There are too many financial unknowns with ConCreate to say for sure if it will be able to get the arches to Ottawa, Desrcoches said.

Desroches said he doesn’t know when the bond company will appoint a new contractor to finish the job.

“We believe this is the best scenario for the timely completion of the bridge,” he said.

The project is a proud one for Desroches, who represents Gloucester-South Nepean. The shovel and hard hat hang in his City Hall office from the day of the groundbreaking.

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  1. Ewald Schober says:

    “We’re taking the bull by the horns here,” Coun. Steve Desroches said ….

    I doubt that most City of Ottawa Councillors know the front end of a bull from the back end… especially if they say they are taking the bull by the horns…. on the other hand they probably know the rear end as they shovel what comes out quite often!

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