The bridge is back in town

Rib­bon-cut­ting Tues­day for Bar­rett Street bridge, fi­nally re­built af­ter 1980 flood in Port Hope

Northumberland Today - - NEWS - CECILIA NASMITH cna­smith@post­media.com twit­ter.com/NT_c­na­smith

The cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude re­marks from Mayor Bob Sander­son, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Northumberland Peter bor­ough South MP Kim Rudd and Northum­ber­landQuinte West MPP Lou Ri­naldi.”

PORT HOPE — An event that has sort of been 37 years in the mak­ing takes place Tues­day af­ter­noon, as Port Hope cuts the rib­bon to open the newly re­built Bar­rett Street bridge.

There hasn’t been a per­ma­nent bridge in this lo­ca­tion since the town’s epic 1980 flood washed the pre­vi­ous one away. The Bai­ley bridge that spanned the banks of the Ga­naraska River at this junc­ture was meant to be a tem­po­rary mea­sure — as the Bai­ley bridge it­self is a mil­i­tary de­vice that troops can de­ploy for mis­sions of a lim­ited time.

The years went by, how­ever, and only re­cently did coun­cil make ar­range­ments to re­build. But the dis­man­tling of the re­li­able old Bai­ley bridge last May, Coun­cil­lor Terry Hicks was de­ter­mined, would it­self be an oc­ca­sion.

Hicks made a photo op of the fi­nal car to cross the bridge be­fore it was closed last year. Then he ar­ranged with the mil­i­tary to make the dis­man­tling it­self a train­ing ex­er­cise for en­gi­neers from the Cana­dian Armed Forces, with cel­e­bra­tions, dis­plays and ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place for mem­bers of the com­mu­nity dur­ing the op­er­a­tion — which he termed Op­er­a­tion Bye Bye Bai­ley.

Now the mu­nic­i­pal­ity is invit­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to the grand open­ing of the new bridge at 2 p.m.

The cel­e­bra­tion will in­clude re­marks from Mayor Bob San­ders on, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Northumberland Peter bor­ough South MP Kim Rudd and Northumberland Quinte West MPP Lou Ri­naldi.

Guests are en­cour­aged to join the event on the east side of the river.

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