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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Meeting About Bridge Repair Tonight

Chesley | by John Divinski  

Public meeting to discuss how to deal with the closure of the Chesley Main Street Bridge.

How to deal with the closure of the Chesley Main Street Bridge is a subject of a public meeting in that community.

The meeting is at 6pm at the Chesley Community Centre.

County Engineer Brian Knox says the bridge was knocked out of commission a couple of weeks ago due to high water and damaging ice floes.

Knox says the bridge had to be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will remain that way going forward.

He says the only solution is to replace the bridge and he wants to bring residents up to date on what has happened and what will happen.

The cost of the project is estimated at just under three million dollars but it's going to take most of 2018, if not longer to replace the span.

Bruce County Warden and Mayor of Arran Elderslie Paul Eagleson says there could be a positive in the whole issue.

He says the bridge, built in 1922, was scheduled for replacement in 2021 and had a 2-year window for construction.

Eagleson says, "If anything good come of it, we're going to work diligently to make it a one-year project and have that bridge in there before the snow flies."

The Warden may also have an update on talks he's had with Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART) on possibly providing a shuttle service for those pedestrians that need it to get by the bridge into downtown Chesley.

The public meeting begins at 6pm at the Chesley Community Centre.

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