Surrey council has awarded a nearly $5 million contract for arterial paving and intersection improvements along King George Boulevard in Newton.
Scott Neuman, Surrey’s general manager of engineering, in a corporate report before council Monday, Jan. 16 recommended council award to Crown Contracting Limited a $4,856,219.03 contract, with a maximum spending limit of $5,342,000.
Neuman noted in his report this is for the installation of bus queue jumper lanes along King George, between 72 Avenue and 74 Avenue, to permit buses to bypass traffic queues waiting at intersections, construction of a new signalized intersection at 73 Avenue, repaving King George, and converting on-street bike lanes to “off-street facilities through the intersections to improve safety for road users.”
Construction with be permitted between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, to begin in February and be completed by July.
Mayor Brenda Locke asked staff it there are mitigation plans in place to lessen the impact on traffic as the work is being done. “It’s clearly going to be doing a little bit of traffic interruption,” she noted.
Neuman replied that the contract allows work to be done at night through the intersection of 72 Avenue and King George, the busiest intersection there.
“And then outside of that the contractor is permitted to do the work during the day where it minimizes traffic so further areas north on south on King George,” he told council.