MANITOULIN—The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has reached a tentative agreement with DBi Services to continue to provide highway maintenance services in the Sudbury and Manitoulin area.
Gordan Rennie, regional issues advisor with the MTO, told the Recorder in an email that last fall, “the MTO issued a request for proposals for maintenance services in the Sudbury area, which included 1,325 two-lane kilometers of provincial highway between Elliot Lake and Hagar and North of Cartier to Point-Au-Baril and Manitoulin Island.
“After receiving and evaluating proposals in January, MTO staff determined that the proposals did not provide good value for taxpayer dollars,” said Mr. Rennie.
The ministry and DBi Services have reached a tentative agreement to continue to provide highway maintenance services for the Sudbury maintenance area until fall 2017, explained Mr. Rennie.” This contract extension will include the enhanced services levels that were implemented in the past few winters.”
“Ontario roads are among the safest in North America and we are committed to keeping it that way. The ministry and local stakeholders, including the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police), have been positive about DBi’s services performance this winter,” continued Mr. Rennie.
“The additional time will allow the ministry to review, modify or develop new contract models to ensure that high quality affordable maintenance services are provided. Once this work is complete we will look to implement the best delivery model for the Sudbury maintenance area,” added Mr. Rennie.
Michael Mantha, MPP for Algoma-Manitoulin, told the Recorder on Tuesday, “on behalf of myself and my constituents, I’m going to be looking forward to talking to the MTO about the requirements in the contract that they found were not satisfactory from those that put forward proposals.”
“I can tell you this past winter people on Manitoulin Island and Sudbury have not been satisfied with the winter road maintenance conditions,” stated Mr. Mantha. He said that in many areas snowfall was not as heavy as it has been in past years, “which may have attributed to what the MTO would say have been some successes and improvements.”
“The previous year’s winter road conditions were not satisfactory,” continued Mr. Mantha. “It will be a priority of mine that the upcoming service providers chosen by the province to provide these services meet and exceed the requirements for the area, no matter who it is, once this newest agreement is done.”