Public meetings held to review bridge study
At least 40 people were in attendance at the Indian Brook firehouse last week for a public meeting on the bridge study for Englishtown. MLA Pam Eyking and representatives from the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (DTIR) held the forum where three large technical drawings sat at the head of the room. Some travelled an hour and a half for the meeting while others closed their businesses early to be in attendance.
Pam Eyking M.L.A believes the bridge is “long overdue” given the “inconsistent service of the ferry” - a sentiment shared by most in attendance. One of the major concerns with the current ferry is emergency vehicle access. The ability to cross becomes particularly problematic during winter months when a combination of maintenance and weather conditions results in the ferry often being out of operation and without warning.
The majority of notable moments came from outright support for the proposed bridge save a sobering comment by local resident and author Bill Connall. Amidst great fervor for a bridge, Connall asked attendees to consider the effect that the loss of employment might have on the local community if the Ferry ceased to be.
Another meeting was held earlier in the day in Little Narrows where a bridge study for that crossing was also presented. A similar number of people were in attendance. The studies are currently under review at the provincial level. It is unclear when any official word might come from the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal on official plans.