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Thursday, March 1, 2018

MP Miller Offers Help To Chesley

Chesley | by Kevin Bernard  

Larry Miller says if there is a desire for federal funding he will help the process along.

The MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound has offered his support to Bruce County and the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie, should the parties seek federal funding to repair a major bridge in Chesley damaged by flood waters last week.

The Main Street Bridge in Chesley has been closed to all vehicle and pedestrian traffic, since heavy flows knocked two footings away from the structure leaving it visibility unsupported.

Bruce County Warden Paul Eagleson says the bridge will likely remain closed for at least one year, and estimates repairs will cost between $3-million to $4-million.

Eagleson says the County has looked to the province for aide.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says neither the county or municipality have reached out yet, but if there is a desire for federal funding he will help the process along.

"No small town, or any size town, should be restricted on access in and out of the place," Miller says. "This is obviously a major setback for Chesley."

The county planned on replacing the damaged bridge in 2021, but Eagleson says it's now become a top priority among planned repairs and replacements.

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