The revamping of Lorne Street to connect through to First Avenue will have to wait for the 2014 budget cycle.
City council voted unanimously Tuesday to delay the project after a call for tenders resulted in only one bid that was $400,000 over budget. Coun. Arjun Singh was away.
City utilities director Tracy Kyle said the project included realignment of Lorne and Lansdowne streets, resurfacing of Lansdowne between First and Third avenues, and resurfacing of Lorne from Uji Way to Lansdowne, along with entrance improvements at Heritage House.
The project was expected to cost in the range of $1.8 million, but the lone bidder was well over that.
“We don't have funds to complete it. We advise cancelling the tender and reconsider in 2014 budget process,” she said.
Despite that, Kyle said the resurfacing of Lansdowne will proceed with a portion of the project funding. It’s being rolled into another paving project on Battle Street to get it done this year.
If the Lorne Street project goes out to tender again next year, the money for that resurfacing done this year will be removed.