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County Looking For Chesley Bridge Funding

Chesley | by John Divinski  

Bruce County is applying for disaster funding again.

It didn't work the first time, so they'll try again.

Bruce County is going after funding to help offset the costs of building the new Chesley Main Street Bridge.

In a report to the Corporate Services Committee on May 2nd, Director Bettyanne Cobean says now that the bridge is built and they have a better handle on their costs, they're re-submitting their request to the province's Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program.

Under the MDRA program, eligible costs needed to exceed 1.29-million-dollars for the county to qualify however, provincial officials calculated the eligible costs at $858,000, so no funding.

Cobean says the province has agreed to look at the amended application with the final costs.

No date was given for a decision on the matter.

If it's turned down again, then the county will have to foot the 3.2-million-dollar bill with most of the money already being set aside.

Right now the Chesley Bridge is closed to traffic once again as the construction is completed.

It's expected to remain closed until sometime in June.

A detour is in place and it's the exact same one that was in place when the bridge was first closed in February, 2018.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the County, this time in Walkerton, the Durham Street East Bridge has had x-rays of its inside taken and Director of Transportation and Environmental Services Miguel Pelletier says he expects results at the end of May.

We told you in late April that the bridge was being looked because it has a similar bridge design as others in Canada that have proven to be problematic and in one case, fatal.

Pelletier says though, the Walkerton span across the Saugeen River is safe.

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