Local company wins bid for next city berm project

By Leah Murray
September 5, 2017 - 9:50pm Updated: September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB — The city has awarded a tender for the next phase of berm projects to local company MJB Enterprizes.

MJB placed the lowest bid on the project at just over $1.2 million.

Mayor Ted Clugston said the New West Trade Agreement means the city can’t pick and choose favourites, or locals, for projects and must go with the lowest bidder.

“In this case we have a local contractor who has done other work for us, other berms, other infrastructure projects as well,” said Mayor Ted Clugston. “I have complete confidence in them and they will get this job done and we will be one step closer to the final piece of the puzzle.”

The Industrial Avenue phase one project is the seventh flood mitigation project to move forward in the Overland Flow Protection Strategy.

The 525 meter berm will extend east from the end of the Lions Park berm and south between Medalta and Seven Persons Creek.

It will require the removal of some trees and shrubs, removal of some contaminated soil and some overhead utilities will need to be relocated on Bridge Street.

The Medalta area is a historic site so the excavation will be monitored by a certified archaeologist.

Construction will start this month and is expected to be completed in May 2018.

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