Historic panels need fixing

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It’s a good thing Thamesville’s new bridge is still under warranty.

During a recent inspection it was discovered that the four aluminum plates — dedicated to the site’s history — were wearing and need to be replaced.

Chatham-Kent’s manager of roads and bridges says a couple of the panels were flagged. “They are under warranty,” says Brendan Falkner. “The company is going to refinish them.”

The metal panels have an anodized finish, meant to be extremely durable.

The panels were put up as a tribute to the Thames River crossing and the area’s rich heritage.

Chief Tecumseh and the War of 1812, Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, the waterway’s Canadian Heritage River status and one marking the original metal truss bridge were installed on the new structure that opened 2019.

The current bridge replaced a unique metal truss structure that was built in 1936.

Chatham-Kent opted to replace the Victoria Road bridge rather refurbish the old structure.

Pam Wright, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Herald