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Friday, September 7, 2018

Mill Creek Bridge To Open Monday

Port Elgin | by Travis Jackson  

Bruce County official says the bridge on County Road 17 will reopen sometime on Monday.

The oft-delayed Mill Creek Bridge rehabilitation project on Bruce County Road 17 should be open to traffic sometime on Monday, September 10th.

With his fingers crossed and held in the air, that was the report from the county Director of Transportation and Environmental Services, Miguel Pelletier.

Work began in February on the 2.2-million-dollar project and a re-opening date for the bridge on Gustavus Street in Port Elgin had been pushed back several times, creating frustration amongst motorists and area businesses alike.

At the September 6th Bruce County council meeting, Pelletier says he's been told the bridge will open to traffic on September 10th, however he couldn't give an exact time that will happen.

He says he understands the frustration of motorists but there were things that happened that were beyond their control.

He refers to a vehicle accident that hit a water pipe and there was also a gas line project that had to happen the same time the bridge was being rehabilitated which meant the bridge work had to stop to get the gas line across the river.

Pelletier says they've learned some valuable lessons with the Mill Creek Bridge work.

He admits they tried to speed up the schedule and when you do that, you can leave yourself susceptible to issues that only delay the work.

Pelletier says bridges are complicated projects and there's always uncertainty with rehabilitation.

He says as soon as they have a definite time of day the bridge will be open to traffic on September 10th, they will announce it publicly.


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