Transportation

Hartland covered bridge to be upgraded (09/12/11)

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Dec. 11, 2009

HARTLAND (CNB) - Upgrades on the Hartland covered bridge will be carried out by the Department of Transportation.

"During the next three months, department staff will be replacing the roof on spans one and two on the Hartland side of the river," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "This represents an investment of more than $120,000. In order to complete this work, the bridge will need to be closed to traffic from time to time."

The first closure will be from Monday Dec. 14, to Friday Dec. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In January of this year, Department of Transportation staff completed a major rehabilitation project to strengthen the trusses, replace the bridge deck, and apply a new coating surface to protect it. Landry said that the project was valued at $2.45 million.

The bridge, constructed in 1901 and covered 20 years later, is the longest covered bridge in the world. Its total length is 391 metres. It consists of five covered spans of 51 metres each, two covered spans of 44 metres each, and four concrete spans of 8.5 metres each.

"This unique treasure is a historic site and a major tourist attraction for New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada," said Landry. "The department takes great pride in preserving and keeping it in good condition."

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

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