Bridge Street bridge replacement funding turned down again

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Brian Turner

An application to the province for funding to replace the town’s main street river crossing was denied to the disappointment of both staff and members of council, which was revealed at the March 6 Planning and Protection and Physical Environment committee meeting of Carleton Place council.

Reports completed over recent months have revealed much more extensive deterioration necessitating replacement rather than rehabilitation of this vital river crossing with the application of load restrictions being soon required.

Dave Young, director of public works, reported that the specifics of those restrictions will be finalized in the next few weeks with plans for immediate implementation. Former CAO Paul Knowles noted that the original cost projections of just over $4 million will increase due to the need for replacement and that he has heard figures approaching $10 million being mentioned by consultants in early discussions.

Committee members instructed staff to continue with funding applications to both the provincial and the federal governments. Discussion around the table covered the possibility of current 2018 capital projects needing to be rescheduled to accommodate a likely heavier financial load on the town as a result.