City council approves tender for work on Wallace Avenue

One of the largest construction projects in Fredericton this year will take place on Wallace Avenue.

Council approved a staff request to award the tender to Philson Ltd. for $1,184,057.25 at Monday night's regular meeting.

The Hanwell contractor submitted the lowest of eight bids for the work, which will extend from Main Street to Maple Street.

Sean Lee, the city's assistant director of engineering and operations, said after the meeting that the project will be one of the largest of the construction season.

"We'll go in and replace the water, sanitary and storm sewer pipes that are underground," said Lee. "At the same time, we're going to put in new curbs, new sidewalk, and do a little bit of minor realignment work."

Lee said residents living on Wallace Avenue will be most impacted, but crews will try and keep as much access as open as possible.

"There will be some work on Main Street and some work on Maple Street when they're connecting into the pipes at either end," said Lee, "but overall Wallace Street will be shut down, and there should be fairly minimal impact to the east-west traffic on both Main and Maple.

There are no start or end dates for the project yet, but Lee said the work is expected to take about six to eight weeks.