Welles­ley coun­cil seeks in­put at pub­lic meet­ing on Nafziger bridge re­place­ment

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

THE TOWN­SHIP OF WELLES­LEY is seek­ing pub­lic in­put on a pro­posal to re­place the short con­crete bridge on Nafziger Road., just north of Henry Street in the Welles­ley vil­lage core.

The bridge, Struc­ture 26, needs to be re­placed af­ter decades of service, says town­ship staff, who are propos­ing a con­struc­tion pe­riod from early July to late Septem­ber this year.

Dur­ing that pe­riod, the bridge will be closed to road traf­fic, cut­ting off ac­cess to the Welles­ley core for those on the north side of the con­struc­tion. That would in­clude any prop­er­ties north of the Welles­ley Brand Ap­ple Prod­uct store, as well as that prop­erty it­self.

A de­tour route has in­stead been pro­posed that will re­di­rect traf­fic north to Weimar Line by cut­ting through pri­vate prop­erty. That would add maybe 15 min­utes of travel time for those on the north side of the bridge hop­ing to drive south along Nafziger Road. Staff re­port­edly con­sid­ered the cre­ation of a tem­po­rary bridge for ve­hi­cle traf­fic, but found the ex­pense too great.

The de­tour will first have to be up­graded by the town­ship to make it safe for the pub­lic to use. Pedes­tri­ans, how­ever, will still be able to cross the wa­ter along a tem­po­rary struc­ture pro­posed at the con­struc­tion site.

The re­place­ment cost for the 80-year-old bridge has been bud­geted at $1.3 mil­lion.

Those in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the bridge re­con­struc­tion, as well as learn about changes to garbage pick­ups and mail de­liv­ery, are en­cour­aged to come to the pub­lic meet­ing, which is be­ing held tonight (Thurs­day) from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Welles­ley Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

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