Water Street Bridge to undergo rehabilitation

Project starts Monday August 29

The Town of St. Marys is moving forward with another important infrastructure project. On Monday, August 29, crews will start the three-month process of rehabilitating the Water Street Bridge. Originally, the project was to start on August 22.

The project will include repairs to the bridge’s abutments and the replacement of its deck surface with a new steel Sandwich Plate System. The work is being undertaken to improve the bridge’s strength, structural integrity and longevity, while maintaining its historic look and feel.

To facilitate the work on the bridge’s abutments, the Mill Race Dam will be used to lower water levels in Rice Lake and Trout Creek. A  large tarp will also be installed under the bridge to prevent any debris from falling in Trout Creek. Repairs to the abutments are planned for mid-September and are expected to take six days. During this time and until water levels return to normal, Rice Lake and Trout Creek may be inaccessible to kayaks, canoes and other watercrafts.

The bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the work, which is expected to be complete by October 31, 2016. The north side of the municipal parking lot on Water Street will also be unavailable, as this area will be used to store the equipment and materials necessary to complete the project.

Funding of $198,450 for the project was provided by the Province of Ontario through a grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Work on the bridge is being done by St.Marys-based McLean Taylor Construction Limited.

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