Water Street Bridge ribbon cutting ceremony on November 27

Town hosting open house for Wellington Street Bridge project

Mayor Al Strathdee, along with Town of St. Marys staff and various stakeholders, will be celebrating the re-opening of the historic Water Street Bridge with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 11:30 am. The ceremony will take place at the south entrance of the bridge closest to Queen Street. A small portion of Water Street North, including the bridge, will be closed from 6:00 am to 12:30 pm for the event.

The Town is inviting the public to attend, enjoy refreshments and then stay for the Downtown Merchants Annual Christmas Open House, taking place from 12:00 to 5:00 pm.

The Water Street Bridge was originally constructed in 1898. A part of St. Marys’ picturesque waterfront, it is a historic icon and draw for visitors interested in the town’s rich heritage. An Environmental Assessment completed in 2015 identified the need to replace deteriorated steel components of the structure. In March 2016, the Town of St. Marys and Deputy Premier of Ontario announced that funding of $198,450 for Water Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project would be provided by the Province of Ontario through a grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. St.Marys-based McLean Taylor Construction Limited began repairs and replacement of the bridge’s deck surface in late August. The bridge reopened to pedestrian and vehicle traffic on Friday, Nov. 18.

The Town of St. Marys is considering a project to fully reconstruct the Wellington Street North Bridge. The primary components of the project include: replacement of abutments and pier, replacement of deck, handrail and sidewalk, installation of street lights, and the

installation of watermain.

A public open house is planned to introduce the project and receive input and feedback from residents, on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Municipal Operations Centre, 408 James Street S.

Residents will have the opportunity to provide input on the project following the open house.

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