Mor­rin Bridge re­place­ment on hori­zon

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Star­land County is work­ing with Al­berta Transportation on a plan to re­place the Mor­rin Bridge.

The re­place­ment of the Mor­rin Bridge is on the Al­berta Transportation 20162019 Ma­jor Con­struc­tion list. CAO of Star­land County, Ross Rawlusyk, says the project has not yet gone to ten­der, but much work is be­ing done to pre­pare for the project. The gov­ern­ment depart­ment has been work­ing closely with the County. “It is go­ing to be a two year project at least,” said Rawlusyk.

Plans for the con­struc­tion, says Rawlusyk, in­clude an un­cov­ered bridge with im­proved

sight lines and re­align­ment of the road to make it safer. Star­land owns some of the land where the new bridge could be po­si­tioned, and is work­ing with the gov­ern­ment to im­prove the area. “One nice thing for us, we have been ne­go­ti­at­ing with them for a boat ramp,” he said. “If we could get a de­cent boat launch put in some­where, it could fa­cil­i­tate ev­ery­thing from emer­gency ser­vices to peo­ple re­cre­ation­ally ca­noe

ing and that type of thing.” The County would also like to see flood el­e­va­tion mark­ings on the bridge.

‘It gives us one more site to use to check el­e­va­tion lev­els,” he said.

The open bridge will be ad­van­ta­geous to all users.

“It would be able to ac­com- mo­date wider loads and big­ger loads. The re­align­ment will give us ad­di­tional safety,” he said. He ex­plains it will al­low area users with ma­chin­ery to bet­ter trans­port their equip­ment and will elim­i­nate height re­stric­tions. Cur­rently taller loads have to use ei­ther the Drumheller cross­ing or the Rum­sey cross­ing.

Rawlusyk says they have a very good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the depart­ment on this.

“We are work­ing with them on ad­ver­tis­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mits as well be­cause we are the land owner on part of the site still,” he said. “They have been very good to deal with. A lot has to do with their will­ing­ness to work with us.”

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