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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kincardine Council Opts to Pursue Queen Street Bridge Work

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Discussion looked at option of Browns Hill Bridge as well.

Rural versus urban.

At Kincardine council yesterday, under discussion was bridge work on either Browns Hill Bridge on Concession 5 or the Queen Street Bridge.

In a 5-3 vote, council instructed staff to make application to the Canada Infrastructure Program for 1.6-million-dollars for the rehabilitation of the Queen Street Bridge in south Kincardine.

Councillors Bill Stewart and Gerry Glover, as well as Deputy Mayor Marie Wilson voted in favour of the more expensive 3-million-dollar Browns Hill Bridge replacement.

Glover says the report indicates the rural bridge has only 4-5 years life left and safety and liability issues could become more prevalent.

For that reason, he wanted to do the rural span first.

Mayor Anne Eadie, along with councillors Dave Cuyler, Doug Kennedy, Randy Roppel and Maureen Couture, voted for the Queen Street Bridge. 

Eadie says, they've applied for money for work on the Browns Hill Bridge, only to be turned down twice so she felt Queen Street was a better choice this time around.

Councillor Laura Haight was not at the meeting.

Rehabilitation on Queen Street could extend the service life of the span up to 30-years.

Public Works Director Adam Weishar says by not choosing the Browns Hill Bridge could mean an ultimate closure of the span in 4 or 5 years, unless something is done in the future.

Staff will send in an application for grant money by mid-May.

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