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Thursday, November 2, 2017

McCurdy Bridge To Be Replaced

Paisley | by Robyn Garvey  

The $4.5 million project will start August, and is expected to be done by Summer 2019

After postponing the project in 2016, it is now full steam ahead with the McCurdy Bridge replacement project.

Bruce County Engineer Brian Knox says the total project will cost about 4.5 million dollars.

The County bridge is located on the boundary of the former Brant and Elderslie townships just 8 kilometre south east of Paisley.

The project will be shared between the County, Brockton and Arran Elderslie.

The County will cover the lions share of the project at 3.6 million dollars, and Brockton and Arran Elderslie have both agreed to split the remaining 885 thousand dollars.

With both Brockton’s and Arran Elderslie’s blessing now in hand, Knox says the County Highways Committee will be able to move forward and award the tender on the project on November 2nd.

The project involves constructing a brand new concrete bridge that will be located just 50 meters south of the McCurdy Bridge.

Knox is pleased that the County will be able to preserve the 1913 single lane, 215 foot steel truss bridge.

The County has agreed to retain ownership of the new bridge as well as the old bridge which may be used for tourist purposes.

Some tree removal and earth work will take place this Fall and Spring, with the actual bridge construction work slated for next August with a completion date set for the Summer of 2019.

This is not the only bridge the County is working on.

Knox says work the County expects to close tenders on the Mill Creek bridge replacement project in Port Elgin in a months time as well.

He says work may even begin midwinter on that projec.

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