June 15, 2010
SUSSEX (CNB) - Repairs to a 99-year-old covered bridge are among five projects being undertaken by the Department of Transportation in Kings County during this summer's construction season. Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today.
Construction has started on the Millstream River Bridge #5, built in 1911 outside of Sussex. The replacement of the cedar shingle roof is being carried out, and the bridge should reopen during the first week of July.
Germaine Brook #1 Bridge in Upham will be closed for about eight weeks starting today, June 15. Work on the 31-year-old structure includes repairs to the abutments and the installation of a new laminated deck.
Similar improvements are planned for the Sally Brook #3 Bridge on the Lewiston Road in the Havelock area. This structure will be closed for about eight weeks beginning Monday, June 21.
Construction begins this week to replace the 42-year-old wooden Henderson Brook Bridge on the Irish Settlement Road northwest of Sussex. Ten weeks have been set aside for the project.
Construction continues on the replacement of the 49-year-old Erbs Cove Bridge in Kingston. A portion of Route 850 will be closed during this period until Aug. 14.
The total value of these projects is more than $2 million.
"We are supporting people and communities while continuing to strengthen our inventory of 2,900 bridges through our record $439.3-million capital budget for the 2010 construction season," said Landry. "We request the patience of the travelling public as temporary closures will run from six to 10 weeks in these project areas to complete this important work. Detour signs will advise motorists of alternate routes."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.