Chesley bridge work to start again soon

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Finishing touches are to start on Chesley’s Main Street Bridge in the next few weeks.

“They are expected to be at full construction speed by (April 23) and part of the plan includes closing part of the bridge but, not for long ,” said Miguel Pelletier, director of transportation and environmental services. “But we’ll certainly advise the public.”

Pelletier said he’s talking with the contractor to see if they can work on the bridge without closing it completely. The contractor has agreed to keep part of the bridge open but hasn’t made a commitment to that. He said there could be some unforeseen circumstance that might lead to the entire bridge being closed, but it would for no more than a day or two.

The work should be completed in June.

The bridge, which takes the main street in Chesley over the North Saugeen River, was closed by engineers after a support was damaged by high, fast flowing water in February, 2018. A replacement structure was opened in December, but some work remains to complete the job.

The project is on budget at $3.2 million, including a lot work that’s already been done on construction of the new bridge, demolition of the former bridge and some environmental work as well.

Pelletier the county applied to the province for emergency funding for the new bridge, but it was turned down. He said they  plans to reapply.

“We’re in the process of doing that.”