Public information session / Proposed replacement of Durham Bridge (09/05/29)

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May 29, 2009

DURHAM BRIDGE (CNB) - Plans for the proposed replacement of the 70-year-old Nashwaak River Bridge #4 (Durham Bridge) will be on display at a public information session scheduled for Wednesday, June 3.

The session will take place from 4 - 7 p.m. in the Nashwaak Valley Elementary School, 747 Route 628 Highway, in Durham Bridge. Department of Transportation staff will be available to answer questions and discuss the plans.

Transportation Minister Denis Landry said that the replacement bridge being considered will last about 40 years, and will eliminate the current 4.2-metre height restriction.

"The existing steel thru truss structure was originally built in 1939 near St. George, over the Digdeguash River," said Landry. "In 1973, it was reconstructed at its current location, following the 1970 flood washout on the Nashwaak River. The department is looking at other alternatives, including a new, slightly longer, modular panel bridge that would be placed on the same supports as the existing bridge."

Landry said that upon a finalized design and funding approval from government, construction will take about eight weeks to complete, with detours provided via Route 8 and Route 628.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.