FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The second phase of construction on 100th Street may have a contractor Monday if council awards the $7.63-million tender.

City administration recommends the tender be awarded to Knappett Industries from Fort St. John, out of three bids received last month.

The second phase of work will include installing traffic signals at 100th Street and 97th Avenue, and upgrading underground utilities and paving 100th Street from North of 96th Ave to South of 99th Avenue.

Knappett Industries was ranked the highest based on the new Best Value Procurement process, which requires tender submissions to be more comprehensive and in a very specific format. Each company was scored on their project plan, risk assessment plan, value assessment plan, previous experience, cost and staff interviews.

“If this tendering methodology proves to be effective for large complicated projects such as the 100th Street Corridor Redevelopment Phase 2 project, it could be implemented on the remaining phases as well as other complicated and unique city projects,” says the report to be presented to council Monday.

Knappett Industries was awarded a $4.2-million tender for the first phase of the 100th Street reconstruction last year.

A budget of $12.3 million was approved by the city for the second phase, with the remaining funds carrying into 2022 for phase three.

The city will hold meetings with the affected residents and business owners before the second phase of construction.

During a consultation in 2019, the City and community members put forward a new design for 100th Street that included reducing traffic to one lane in each direction from 96 Street to 105 Avenue. The plan was approved in October 2019.

The final plan will see downtown, along 100th Street, divided into five precincts starting at 95th Avenue and running north until 110 Avenue. The main part of downtown will run from 96 Avenue to 105 Avenue.