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St. David St. Bridge set to reopen Nov. 30

FERGUS - Bag pipes and a ribbon cutting will set the stage, officially opening the St. David Street Bridge on Nov. 30.

After closing the St. David Street Bridge on Jan. 22, for construction, the bridge is set to re-open 10 months later.
 
“What makes this project so successful is the extensive public input, the continuous engagement with the Fergus BIA and our commitment to infrastructure renewal through the 2% dedicated capital levy”  said Mayor Kelly Linton.  “This bridge is instrumental to our community and our downtown core. Thank you to all of our residents for continuing to support our local businesses during the closure and to our downtown businesses for being so patient during the rehabilitation process”.
 
Constructed in 1968, the bridge was nearing the end of its service life.

Bridge rehabilitation included the replacement of the deck, girders and traffic barriers, modification of the abutments to semi-integral type complete with new waterproofing and paving, road approaches, drainage improvements and utility replacement.

The bridge now includes mid-span look out areas for viewing the Grand River, heritage style lighting, textured decorative concrete finish on the parapet walls and improvements to the existing and future walkways/viewing areas located at the corners of the bridge.
 
“This was quite an extensive project on a critical piece of infrastructure both to the community and to the provincial transportation network.  The project certainly has had its challenges with the rain and early onset of winter weather this fall as well as dealing with 100-year old underground infrastructure.  We’re extremely proud of the final product and the crews that have made this project a success.” said Centre Wellington managing director of infrastructure services Colin Baker, .
 
The community is invited to attend the bridge re-opening celebration on Nov. 30 at 11:30am.  The bridge will re-open to vehicle traffic at approximately noon following the ceremony.
 
Some finishing touches to the bridge and surrounding area will continue in December and spring.  The contractor will be completing the landscaping and placing the top layer of asphalt in the spring.
 
In April 2016, the township was successful in securing a $2.2 million grant for the rehabilitation of the St. David Street Bridge under the Province of Ontario’s Connecting Links Program.

 

November 30, 2018

 
 

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