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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fate Of Historic Bridge Hangs In The Balance

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Brockton Council wrestling with its options concerning the Greenock Bridge.

Brockton has a difficult decision to make, it concerns the century old Greenock Bridge just south of Paisley. (Concession 20)

The fate of the historic Greenock Bridge hangs in the balance as Council wrestles with its options over the next month.

Engineers have provided Council with three options: remove, repair or replace.

The price tag to remove the bridge would run anywhere between 200 and 300 thousand dollars, to rehabilitate the bridge is expected to cost between 1 and 1.2 million dollars, and bridge replacement would be 3 million dollars plus.

The 3million dollar replacement estimate includes the 1.5 million in road work that would be required.

An Environmental Assessment on the bridge is underway and engineers have recommended that Council chose the least expensive option which is bridge removal.

This option however does not sit well with locals who would face the inconvenience of increased travel time using alternative routes.

Resident Lawrence Lyons hopes Council will decide to either repair or replace the bridge.

To remove the bridge would be like cutting off the northern section of Greenock from the rest of the municipality.

The Greenock bridge is unique in the fact that it is one of the few remaining Warren Truss bridge’s left boasting a span of 31 metres.

It's estimated the bridge was constructed sometime between 1880 and 1920.

Brockton owns and maintains a total of 38 bridges throughout the municipality.

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