June 19, 2009
HAMPTON (CNB) - Construction to replace the Brawley Brook Bridge No. 1 near Hampton begins Monday, Transportation Minister Denis Landry announced today.
During this period, motorists are advised that the Damascus Road will be fully closed to traffic, and detours will be in place.
"The existing wooden stringer bridge is 42 years old and reaching the end of its service life," said Landry. "The department will be removing this structure and replacing it over the next nine weeks with a considerably longer, wider, concrete-steel stringer bridge."
The new structure will be 9.1 metres long and 9.1 metres wide, and it will better accommodate the environment of the Hammond River and Brawley Brook by raising the bridge higher above the waterway, allowing for better drainage.
"The Damascus Road is an important connection for many people in the area," said Landry. "This project was scheduled following completion of the school year, and I am confident that this modern bridge will improve the quality and safety of this route."
The provincial government is investing $160,000 in the project, which is part of the Department of Transportation's $385.8-million capital budget for 2009-10.
"It is the department's second consecutive record-breaking capital program that is supporting the economy while also improving our transportation network," said Landry.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.