FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – A $7.63-million tender for the second phase of the 100th Street rebuild was awarded to Knappett Industries during Monday’s council meeting.

The 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 CAO Milo MacDonald in the report.

According to Engineering Manager Jim Stewart, each of the three bids was held to blind review for pricing and business planning.

“It was all done blindly; we had no idea who we were talking about,” says Stewart to council Monday.

Stewart will present a report to council on the new procurement process at the end of the construction season. He says there is great value in this process due to the long duration and complicated nature of the project.

“The truth will come out in about two months time after we’re in construction to see if this advanced work was worth it or not,” says Engineering Manager Jim Stewart to council Monday.

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 110th Avenue. The main part of downtown will run from 96th Avenue to 105th Avenue.