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Vaudreuil-Dorion issues call to tender for municipal infrastructure projects related to the new hosp

By John Jantak




PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

The realignment of Chemin de la Petite-Rivière in Vaudreuil-Dorion is just one of several municipal infrastructure projects that will be undertaken in conjunction with the construction of the new Vaudreuil-Soulanges hospital.


The start of municipal infrastructure work for the new Vaudreuil-Soulanges Hospital will soon be realized after Vaudreuil-Dorion council adopted three separate resolutions at its monthly meeting on July 5 to proceed with a call for tenders to prepare specifications related to three aspects of the project that are deemed essential.

The first resolution deals with the realignment of Chemin de la Petite-Rivière, a small stretch of road in a mostly industrial sector that runs between Route Harwood and Boulevard de la Cité-des-Jeunes. The second resolution involves the eventual reconfiguration of the east ramp of Highway 30 at Exit 2. The third resolution will deal with the monitoring of various municipal infrastructure services that will be provided by the city to the hospital.

Looking for engineering and construction expertise

Mayor Guy Pilon said the revised resolutions are meant to establish different criteria for contractors who want to provide their expertise and services that are required for the specific aspects of the necessary infrastructure work.

“After this process is completed and we find that the tender meets at least a minimum of 70 per cent of the requirements related to the respective project, we will proceed to open the envelope with the asking price related to the services that will be provided. It’s the same process now for every town everywhere. We have to establish the criteria ahead of time,” Pilon told The Journal.

“Because we are the ones who have been delegated to do the job, we now have an engineer from the Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) working for us full time. They are paying 75 per cent of his salary. He started with us about two months ago and will be with us until the final delivery of the project is completed which could be in about four years,” said Pilon.

Required criteria

Some of the criteria the city will consider when it determines which tenders it will accept will be whether the applicant has worked on similar types of projects and the amount of experience they have related to specific construction and engineering requirements needed for the job.

“For example, if someone has worked on a similar project more than five times, they would receive 10 points. If they have less experience, they would get three points let’s say – something like that. We want to establish specific criteria to make sure the people who will be working on this project are people who have experience. At the end of the day, if they have enough points, we will open and review their bid to see what the cost will be,” said Pilon.

Tenders and bids expected by October

The mayor said that if everything goes as expected the city should receive the various tenders and bids by October. By then, the city will be able to approximate when the work will begin and when it will be completed.

“This doesn’t include the fact that the city has already bought land and we are going to divert the water from our well in Saint-Lazare to put a pumping station there which will intercept some of the water so that it goes to the hospital,” said Pilon.

It will take about three years for all the municipal infrastructure projects to be completed, which is around the same time frame as to when the new hospital is expected to be finished, Pilon added.