April 28, 2010
LANDRY OFFICE (CNB) - An informal public information session regarding the proposed plans to replace the Landry Office Bridge (Pokemouche River Bridge No. 4) is being hosted by the Department of Transportation on Thursday, April 29.
Interested groups and individuals will be able to view the conceptual plans and discuss the project with department staff at the Landry Office Community Centre, 1521 Cowan Creek Rd. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Transportation Minister Denis Landry will participate.
"There are weight restrictions on the current structure, but those will be removed when the new bridge is completed," said Landry. "Detailed design will start after the residents have had the opportunity to provide input and the proposed configuration is confirmed. The design is expected to be completed by the end of this year."
Landry said the existing 88-m wood stringer bridge was built in 1952 and is nearing the end of its service life. According to plans, a proposed three-span concrete bridge will be longer, wider and located in the same place. The grade for both north and south approaches will be raised by as much as three metres to improve clearance under the bridge.
The project, if approved, would take more than two construction seasons to complete. While construction is carried out, a full closure of the Landry Centre Road would be required. As an alternate route, motorists would use a 16 km detour with Route 350, Route 11 and Cowans Creek Road.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.