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Durham Street Bridge in Walkerton Will Need Eventual Replacement

Walkerton | by John Divinski  

A report suggests the 83 year old Durham Street Bridge has some design flaws

The Durham Street Bridge in Walkerton is good for a few more years.

In an information report to the Bruce County Transportation and Environmental Services Committee on August 15th, Director Miguel Pelletier says after some detailed inspection, the bridge has been declared safe as suspected, but it does have some design flaws in it and should be replaced in the next five years.

The design flaws have proven fatal in a similar but larger bridge in Quebec.

Pelletier says "The bridge is already 83-years-old," and with repairs done in 1995 that are apparently good for 30-years, by 2525, the bridge needs to be replaced.

Pelletier says his report recommends replacing the bridge within five years.

This bridge replacement project will be considered in the 2020-2024 capital bridge program for the 2020 budgeting cycle.

No cost was given but in 2019 dollars, the Chesley Main Street bridge cost over 3-million-dollars.

The Durham Street Bridge is a 2-lane span with a sidewalk on each side.

The bridge, on the east side of Walkerton, spans the Saugeen River.

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