July 15, 2009
POINTE-DU-CHÊNE (CNB) - A public information session has been scheduled to answer questions about a proposal to replace the Pointe-du-Chêne Bridge and to upgrade an adjacent causeway.
The session will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 16, at the Pointe-du-Chêne Recreational and Community Centre, 145 Pointe-du-Chêne Rd. Department of Transportation staff will be available to discuss the plan and answer questions.
"My department has worked on this file for the past six years, exploring different options in consultation with the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Department of Environment," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "The long-term benefits of this improved connection are many, most notably addressing an accessibility issue when sea levels rise and flooding occurs."
The existing wooden stringer bridge was built in 1963, and it is connected to the mainland by a partial causeway. The bridge carries traffic on the Pointe-du-Chêne Road across South Cove in Pointe-du-Chêne Harbour.
This crossing is prone to flooding during storm and tidal surges. A proposed new structure and related work will be less vulnerable to floods during extreme weather. It will also take into account environmental considerations and be better suited to allow fish to pass underneath.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.