Bridgewater siphons money from beautification project to fix north parkade

by Keith Corcoran

  • <p>KEITH CORCORAN PHOTO</p><p>Workers pictured earlier in August deal with the north parkade surface job.</p>

Bridgewater's engineering department is tapping into money originally set aside to for a beautification project to fix the deteriorated vehicle access way leading in and out of a King Street parkade.

Civic politicians recently agreed to postpone a project that would enhance the railing along the north parkade, located on the west side of town, and use a portion of the $60,000 earmarked for that towards repairing the concrete deck found to be in worse shape than anticipated.

Town council's motion also allows for more time to evaluate options for the parkade for the next budget year.

Mayor David Mitchell said it's a result of the concrete originally poured in the 1970s - not neglect on the part of anyone. Mitchell commented the surfacing served the town well over the years.

"It's atrocious now, but it's 40 years old," Mitchell told LighthouseNOW after the council meeting. "It should look the way it looks based on its use and its age."

Bridgewater tasked a Hants County firm to complete concrete deck repairs, replacement concrete and asphalt and install a waterproof membrane at the parkade's vehicle access point. The work began in July with removal of the existing asphalt at the vehicle entrance and exit point to get a read on the condition of the concrete deck.

The engineering department said in a report to council the the deck was "determined to be in worse shape than expected. It was decided to completely remove the deteriorated concrete and re-pour the entire entrance [and] exit with a new concrete deck and postpone the waterproofing and paving ..."

Town engineer Larry Feener told council the focus is on the vehicle access point because of the degree of deterioration. The cost associated with that is $69,000, which would have put the project $14,000 in the red without factoring in the rail beautification cash.

The repairs are expected to be finished by September.

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