St. Peter’s bridge contract awarded
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.