Repairs not enough
Harbour Grace resident worrys about Bannerman Lake bridge
The wooden bridge that lies across the spillway between Lady Lake and Bannerman Lake in Harbour Grace has seen better days.
Some of its planks are cracked, while others have been torn from their supports as a result of residents using the structure when visiting cabins in the area or retrieving lumber for the winter.
At least one Harbour Grace resident would like to see it get replaced.
Harrison Verge, who frequently uses the bridge located a few kilometres from the town’s pump house, has repaired certain planks over the years, but believes now is the time for it to be completely replaced.
He fears one of the many residents who use the bridge could be seriously hurt or even killed.
“It’s only a matter of time before someone goes through it,” said Verge. “There is no other way to get in the woods. Everyone has their winter permits to get their wood and that’s the only way to get it.
“This is a dangerous tion.”
It’s not only for access to cabins and lumber that has Verge worried about the state of the bridge. The environmental impact that could come as a result
situa- of an accident is also a concern.
“If a bike goes down through it, where do you think the oil is going?” he said. “You’re only a couple hundred feet from the water supply. It’s terrible.”
Bannerman Lake serves as the main water supply for the population of just over 3,000.
Harbour Grace Mayor Terry Barnes said repairing the bridge is “very much on the agenda.”
The hope is to have the work completed in the near future.
However, it is not only the state of the bridge at the top of the list for the town. Barnes also looks at the condition of the road and what it could mean should a fire break out in the area.
“If there was ever, and God help us, a fire in that way, there is no way for Carbonear to get in there with their equipment and neither can we,” said the mayor. “It’s very crucial for us.”
At one time, it served as a way for residents of both Harbour Grace and Carbonear to get back and forth between the two towns. There were families who lived in the area full-time.
The hope is that both communities might be able to contribute to repair efforts for the road.
“We might be able to do something between towns to bring the road up to par,” said the mayor.
This bridge that crosses the spillway between Lady Lake and Bannerman Lake in Harbour Grace has seen better days.