Bay Roberts replacing Klondyke Bridge
The Town of Bay Roberts is replacing the Klondyke Bridge.
At the town’s regular council meeting on Apr. 12, officials voted to use a portion of the town’s money from the Gas Tax Investment Plan to replace the longtime thoroughfare between Coley’s Point and Bay Roberts proper.
The Klondyke was originally built in the late 1800s and was intended as a make-work project for the people of the area. It was originally built by hand and served as a causeway between Bay Roberts and Coley’s Point.
As time went on, a bridge was built and in recent years, it underwent more alterations, which included a boardwalk and seating areas.
In a motion, the town agreed the use $405,828.62 of its portion of the gas tax to fund the replacement of the bridge. In the same motion, Bay Roberts agreed to use some $375,000 for street improvements to Kelly’s Road.
“That’s what the gas tax is for,” said Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood. “The last time the bridge was worked on was years ago.”
Over the past year, the Klondyle has generated plenty of discussion at the council table in the Conception Bay North community. It was first brought up last June when cracks in the pavement were noticed.
The town had engineers look at the structure after that. They came back with a report that indicated the bridge was safe and the town could either repair it or replace the thing entirely.
“If you’re going to fix the substructure, you have to tear up the pavement anyway,” said Sean Elms, director of public works with Bay Roberts. “We figured it was just as well to replace it.”
Wood said the report said the bridge was safe and it could probably last a couple of more years, but the town wanted to get out in front of any issue it could.
“It’s a good time to do it,” he said. “We feel that it’d be better to get it done.”
The town wants to be proactive in its approach to replacing Klondyke.
“We certainly don’t want any accidents,” said Wood. “If you wait too long, it could have an affect on things.”
There is no word on whether the new Klondyke will constructed from the same materials as the current one or whether it’ll be a steel construct.
Bay Roberts is waiting on a design from St. John’s-based Progressive Engineering before heading to tender for the project.
The Klondyke Bridge in Bay Roberts is set to be replaced.