BRUCE COUNTY – The county’s transportation and environmental services committee approved the staff recommendation for financial commitments of $963,292 in 2022, and $358,150 in 2023, in advance of the budget cycle to allow the county to request proposals in 2021 for the supply of a temporary bridge required in 2022 and 2023.
The committee also approved transferring $140,000 from the Reid Bridge project to the Teeswater River Bridge project to fund additional engineering and environmental assessment costs. The Reid Bridge project is underway and is expected to have a surplus of $175,000 on completion.
The preferred alternative detour route during the Teeswater River Bridge replacement had been previously decided. It would include installation of a temporary bridge a short distance from the existing bridge. This would eliminate the need for a very long detour route and roadwork along the detour route to accommodate the increased traffic.
Before the county can proceed with a request for proposal, it’s necessary to commit the funding.
County Coun. Luke Charbonneau, Saugeen Shores, wondered about committing funds for 2023. However, as Edward Henley, director of corporate services, explained, “A municipality can pass only a one-year budget but that doesn’t mean it can’t plan ahead.”
The additional amount required for the environmental assessment puts the bridge replacement project cost in the range of $10 million.
Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times