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Charlottetown bypass path runs into cost overruns

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Work on the Charlottetown bypass highway multi-use path cost a bit more than originally thought.

Last April, the city awarded the design and engineering for all phases of the project to CBCL in the amount of $69,000 plus taxes. A paved path extends from Murchison Lane (Queen Elizabeth Hospital up to St. Peters Road and eventually will link up to Mount Edward Road).

A few changes to the scope were made and CBCL requested additional funds that were not included in the original request for proposals.

Changes included routing, using different lighting options, co-ordinating with the city’s fibre optic contractor and berm raising design.

The cost overruns amount to $46,360 plus tax, which is eligible under the approved funding the city secured through the P.E.I. Active Transportation Fund. That fund covers more than half the design and engineering work.

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