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Trail awards $12 million bridge contract

After a whirlwind week of regional negotiations and with the province Trail city council has decided to award the contract for construction of the pipeline/pedestrian bridge over the Columbia River.

Graham Infrastructure LP will handle the job valued at $12.2 million. There is also over $2 million in design and engineering costs.

More details will be provided at a public consultation meeting on Thursday.

Speaking after a special council meeting late Friday Trail Mayor Mike Martin says the contract has been awarded with some conditions.

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Those conditions include reasonable public consultation by the three municipalities of Trail, Rossland and Warfield.

These partners will need to borrow $3 million more than anticipated – for a total of $7.2 million – to pay for the sewer pipe portion. This will involve tax increases.

Trail alone will also pay another $7.5 million for the walkway portion.

The location and time for Thursday’s public consultation meeting in Trail had yet to be determined following Friday’s special meeting.

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