I found this out today while asking the city about a spending item in the third-quarter contracts awarded by management under delegated authority. The spending line describes $65,954.60 paid to Genivar Consultants for construction engineering on the bridge. I was curious because it was expected taxpayers wouldn’t cover overruns linked to the faulty concrete on the first try and wanted to make sure this expense wasn’t above and beyond.
The city responded this afternoon saying the spending is within the approved budget.
But, it added this:
“To clarify, the total approved budget of the project is $6.9 million which includes the cost of the pedestrian cycling bridge, pathway connections, the O-Train underpass structure and transit station tie-ins.”
Just so you know.
When you build a bridge, you need connections. And it costs money.