Bridge rat­ings

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Sixty-four per cent of South Glen­garry’s bridges and cul­verts were rated as be­ing in “ex­cel­lent” or “good” con­di­tion in a 2018 bridge in­spec­tion re­port re­leased by en­gi­neer­ing firm McIn­tosh Perry ear­lier this year.

The con­di­tion sum­mary seg­ment of the re­port states that the com­pany con­ducted vis­ual in­spec­tions of 61 struc­tures and found 33 of those to be in “good” shape, and six to be “ex­cel­lent.”

McIn­tosh Perry de­fines good as hav­ing “de­fects that would not nor­mally trig­ger any re­me­dial ac­tion since over­all per­for­mance is not af­fected,” while ex­cel­lent ap­plies to any struc­ture with “no vis­i­ble de­te­ri­o­ra­tion” and not re­quir­ing “re­me­dial ac­tion.”

A to­tal of 13 struc­tures were rated fair, six were good to fair, two were fair to poor and one was poor.

Fair ap­plies to any struc­ture hav­ing “de­fects (that) may trig­ger a main­te­nance type of re­me­dial ac­tion.”

Poor de­scribes a bridge or cul­vert with “de­fects that would nor­mally trig­ger re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or re­place­ment if the ex­tent and lo­ca­tion af­fect the over­all per­for­mance” of the re­spec­tive struc­ture.

The re­port also states that the town­ship should plan on bud­get­ing an es­ti­mated $5.8 mil­lion over the next 10 years in its cap­i­tal works pro­gram to ad­dress re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, re­con­struc­tion and struc­tural eval­u­a­tion/de­tailed deck con­di­tion sur­vey work – no­tably, $737,000 in 2025 and $716,000 in 2027. All fig­ures are in 2017 dol­lars. A sim­i­lar McIn­tosh Perry re­port in 2013 stated that the town­ship would re­quire “in ex­cess of $6 mil­lion over the next decade to main­tain its ex­ist­ing struc­tures” over that pe­riod.

A 17-page ver­sion of the 2018 bridge in­spec­tion re­port was in­cluded in the agenda for a South Glen­garry reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing in May, although it did not iden­tify any of the in­spected bridges or cul­verts.

How­ever, the ex­cerpted ver­sion pointed out that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity has ad­dressed a num­ber of its prom­i­nent in­fra­struc­ture projects since the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the study was pub­lished five years ear­lier.

Among those com­pleted were the re­place­ment of a 70-year-old open foot­ing cul­vert on the Lit­tle 5th Road in 2014; the re­place­ment of two pipe arch cul­verts, on Fal­low Field (built in 1960) and First Line (con­structed in 1970) roads, re­spec­tively, in 2013; and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Kraft Road Bridge (built in 1962) in 2016.

South Glen­garry coun­cil is break­ing with tra­di­tion, opt­ing to hold an ad­di­tional reg­u­lar meet­ing in the month of De­cem­ber.

Given the hec­tic na­ture of the Christ­mas sea­son, coun­cil typ­i­cally meets only once in the fi­nal month of the year.

And in an elec­tion year like 2018, the lone De­cem­ber coun­cil ses­sion is held solely for the pur­pose of in­au­gu­rat­ing the new coun­cil.

Reg­u­lar coun­cil busi­ness is not dealt with dur­ing such meet­ings.

“As a re­sult, we are in a po­si­tion where there will be two months be­tween the sec­ond meet­ing in Novem­ber and the first meet­ing in Jan­uary,” town­ship clerk Kelli Cam­peau ex­plained at the most re­cent reg­u­lar meet­ing Oc­to­ber 1.

“That's why ad­min­is­tra­tion is rec­om­mend­ing that a sec­ond meet­ing be sched­uled for De­cem­ber 17.”

The orig­i­nally-sched­uled coun­cil in­au­gu­ra­tion meet­ing will be held on De­cem­ber 3.

Novem­ber 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. visit the Mu­seum to find that the Christ­mas Elves have cre­ated lovely goods to gift and give for your hol­i­day sea­son (host­ess gifts, home dé­cor, small stock­ing stuffers, etc.) Much was made is from re­claimed ma­te­ri­als and lends to a nice rus­tic style.

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