Pub­lic meet­ings held to re­view bridge study

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - IN­DIAN BROOK

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.

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