2018-11-21

Additional repairs delay reopening of Bridgewater’s old bridge

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN, PHOTO</p><p>Work crews deal with repairs to the two-lane old bridge in Bridgewater. The structure, spanning the LaHave River, was expected to be back open to traffic November 16 but necessary additional work delayed the reopening.</p>

Motor vehicle traffic congestion centred within the Main Street of the South Shore continues as workers with the province's transportation department discovered more work is needed to Bridgewater's old bridge, forcing a longer temporary closure of the two-lane span.

Officials also blame several days of rainy and windy weather for putting the project behind schedule. The span, which provides a link between King Street and LaHave Street, is now due to open to all traffic by November 23. The original, planned 12-day closure was supposed to end November 16.

"The Town of Bridgewater has completed their repairs to the sidewalk; however, we have identified some additional steel repairs to the bridge that we will be completing," transportation department spokeswoman Marla MacInnis told LighthouseNOW in an email.

The Department of Transportation owns the bridge but has a nearly 20-year-old deal with the town concerning maintenance. The department's budget for the original fix of a steel truss member under the northern section of the bridge was $15,000. The town's repair and replacement of wooden sidewalk planks on the southern, downstream side of the span was budgeted at $17,000.

In a social media post, the town said the old bridge "will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic as work continues."

But vehicles won't be allowed on the bridge November 24 because of planned Christmas festival activities. Pedestrians are permitted on the span for the parade and fireworks.

"Thank you for continued patience as [the Department of Transportation] works to complete needed repairs to ensure the safety of the old bridge," the town said.

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