St. Peter’s bridge con­tract awarded

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

A Bed­ford-based com­pany has been awarded a $14.7-mil­lion con­tract to con­struct a re­place­ment bridge over the his­toric St. Peter’s Canal.

Dex­ter Con­struc­tion will build a new dou­ble-lane span that will re­place the 80- yearold, sin­gle-lane bridge over the his­toric canal that con­nects the Bras d’Or Lake with the At­lantic Ocean.

The new cross­ing is ex­pected to be in use by May 2017.

Rou­tine in­spec­tions con­ducted by Parks Canada en­gi­neers have de­ter­mined that the struc­ture is near­ing the end of its life ex­pectancy and re­quires up­grades to meet cur­rent stan­dards. A fur­ther study led to the pro­posal that a full re­place­ment would be more cost-ef­fec­tive than pe­ri­odic re­pairs.

The project is funded by an $ 85- mil­lion fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in Parks Canada in­fra­struc­ture in Cape Bre­ton.

Only mi­nor de­lays are ex­pected dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the new bridge that will be built ad­ja­cent to the cur­rent span. Work on the struc­ture, which is part of High­way 4, is ex­pected to be­gin soon.

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