BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: Seagrave’s River St. bridge will be temporarily repaired next month, to allow for use this winter.
Councillors are hopeful that next year’s budget will see proper reconstruction follow in 2015.
After holding two separate public meetings on the matter, Scugog Township staff gathered that the residents of Seagrave find the bridge neccesary, and want the crumbling concrete patched immediately, albeit temporarily.
“The bridge being out really splits up our community,” said one Seagrave resident at the Saturday, Sept. 27 public meeting. “It also creates a safety hazard, having to drive into a dangerous portion of Simcoe St., just to pull back onto River St.”
According to Scugog Township CAO Ian Roger, the repair work will take about one month of planning and construction, and cost approximately $15,000.
“We need to seek permission from the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority before we proceed, due to the work being done in proximity to the Nonquon River,” said Mr. Roger. “We’re hoping the process will be expedited and that work will be underway by November, with an operable bridge in Seagrave before the winter hits hard.”
The repaired bridge would still be limmited to passenger vehicles under five tonnes only, until complete reconstruction is complete - residents were urged to call the DRPS if they spot school busses or snow plows attempt a crossing in the mean time.
Looking ahead, Scugog Council will wait for the results from an on-going Environmental Assessment, and apply for Provincial infrstructure funding to help cover the $2 Million cost of the full reconstruction.
“When we finally sort out the reconstruction of the bridge, it will be torn down for approximately six months - depending on what options the new Council chooses,” said Mr. Roger.
Due to the current lame duck status of Council, spending decisions over $50,000 cannot be made - therefore, the Seagrave bridge funding matter will need to be deffered to the new Council, arriving after election day Oct. 27.
In regards to the exact details of the bridge, it’s construction make-up, and how many lanes or sidewalks will be built - public meetings and consultations on these matters will be held at a future date.