A pair of retaining walls required for the expansion of the Chinook Parkway will be constructed by a local contractor.

Swift Current city council awarded the project on Monday night to LMO Landscaping for nearly $249,000 including a 10 per cent contingency.

The walls will be built under the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 4 allowing the pathway to be extended to Canadian Tire.

"Due to the proximity of the pathway to the highway bridges, a geotechnical investigation and detailed design was a requirement from the (Sask) Ministry of Highways," said Swift Current General Manager of Infrastructure Greg Parsons. "A few options were presented to the Ministry of Highways. Based on comments received from the Ministry of Highways, a retaining wall design including drainage treatments was submitted and approved."

The duo of walls will each measure 105 feet in length and seven feet in height. Drainage will include catch basins and outlet pipes at each abutment.

Swift Current posted the job on SaskTenders and received three bids. Two of them were over budget, leaving them with the lone offer from the Swift Current business.

"We got a great deal on this," Swift Current City Councillor Ryan Switzer said. "Three levels of government coming together to make Swift Current a safely walkable and bikeable community. People will safely be able to ride their bike from S3 Arenas to get a Starbucks coffee."

The City didn't have an exact start date for the pathway and retaining wall to be built but is aiming for the work to be finished late in the summer or early fall.

With council approving the pathway, for about $191,000, and the retaining wall for almost $249,000 it will leave the City around $268,000 for lighting, fencing, trees, landscaping, benches, and additional items.

"We're fairly confident we should have sufficient budget money," Parsons said.