County applies for bridge replacement funding
The planned 2018 replacement of the rapidly deteriorating load-restricted Meyer Bridge, located on Perth Line 44 between Brodhagen and Bornholm in West Perth, may have a chance of receiving government funding.
At Thursday’s meeting, Perth County council voted to submit an application for top-up funding from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) of up to $1.19 million for the replacement of the Meyer Bridge.
“The bridge is currently load restricted due to its condition of reduced structural capacity, and Perth Line 44 from Highway 23 to Perth Road 180 was scheduled to be reconstructed in 2019. The Meyer Bridge has been budgeted to be replaced next year in 2018, ahead of the road project,” said John McClelland, the county’s director of public works.
In 2014, a rehabilitation project was aborted when the bridge’s concrete was found to be badly deteriorated. Its replacement next year is estimated to cost around $.19 million, with $25,000 budgeted in 2017 for pre-engineering and design, and $1.165 million earmarked in 2018 for construction. As part of the 2017 OCIF top-up intake, Perth County is eligible to apply for up to $1,198,455.
“The project budget for the Meyer Bridge replacement optimizes the amount of eligible funds that (Perth County) can apply for under the 2017 OCIF top-up intake,” McClellan said.
The OCIF’s top-up component has been increased by $100 million this year to allow communities to apply for additional funding to address larger critical infrastructure projects. The 2017 topup intake will favour communities that have been granted a combined total of less than $2 million in OCIF funding for projects in 2018 and 2019.
Only one proposal from each municipality can be submitted for OCIF top-up funding, and each project will be assessed based on its critical health and safety aspects. The deadline for applications is Sept. 27.