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Friday, August 3, 2018

Chesley Bridge Work On Schedule

Chesley | by John Divinski  

Work on the bridge is on track to be completed by the end of the year.

Work to replace the Chesley Bridge continues and residents should see some significant progress being made after the Civic Holiday Weekend.

A worker on site tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, as of Thursday, August 2nd, they were a couple of days ahead of schedule so the work has slowed down until a shipment of steel arrives, which is expected Tuesday, August 7th.

The unidentified person says people will see a lot of activity at the bridge once the steel arrives.

Bruce County Director of Transportation and Environment Services, Miguel Pelletier, says Looby Construction has been working on abutments, along with building forms so they could pour concrete.

Pelletier says the work continues to move forward according to schedule and according to budget.

He says they're still on track to have a new bridge opened before the end of the year.

It will be a single-span bridge, which means no supports in the water.

The demolition of the old bridge and the building of the new is budgeted at just over 3-million-dollars and the county is hoping to get a portion of that money back from the province through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program.

Structural Problem Forces Bridge Closure in Chesley

The application to the province has been made but there's been no answer yet from Queen's Park.

You may recall the Chesley Bridge was damaged beyond repair by ice floes and water this past February and had to be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

It effectively, divided the town in two with those north of the bridge and the downtown core, south of the bridge.

Detours are currently in place.



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