Com­plex util­ity work pre­ced­ing bridge build, says Kentville CAO

Valley Journal Advertiser - - NEWS - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA Ash­ley.Thomp­son@kingscountynews.ca POLIC­ING

There’s a sig­nif­i­cant amount of util­ity and site prepa­ra­tion work to be done be­fore Kentville res­i­dents start to see a new bridge tak­ing shape.

Town of Kentville chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer Mark Phillips re­cently in­formed town coun­cil that some com­plex work is re­quired from Nova Sco­tia Power and Aliant be­fore the new bridge can be built. The struc­ture will be lo­cated to the east of the ex­ist­ing bridge, and the project calls for the re­lo­ca­tion of some telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion lines and elec­tric util­ity in­fras­truc­ture.

“The sched­uled work for Nova Sco­tia Power and Aliant will not be com­pleted un­til as late as the end of Oc­to­ber… those two com­pa­nies can’t work there at the same time,” said Phillips, in shar­ing a pub­lic works re­port at the town’s coun­cil ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee meet­ing April 9.

“Aliant has a po­ten­tial 80 work­ing day sched­ule for their work.”

Dex­ter Con­struc­tion was awarded the con­tract for the multi-mil­lion dol­lar bridge re­place­ment project spear­headed by the pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fras­truc­ture Re­newal.

It is not yet known when Dex­ter can start in­stalling the new bridge, but Phillips said the com­pany hopes to be able to do some work in the fall.

It is an­tic­i­pated the cor­re­spond­ing ca­noe launch project by the river will be de­layed un­til the 2019-2020 fis­cal year, Phillips added.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment first hosted a fund­ing an­nounce­ment for the on­go­ing bridge re­place­ment project in March 2015. At the time, it was be­lieved the new bridge could be in place the fol­low­ing year.

Ac­cord­ing to Kentville’s web­site, the ex­ist­ing steel bridge was orig­i­nally dubbed the Sil­ver Link when it opened for use in Oc­to­ber 1931.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Work is well un­der­way to pre­pare for the re­place­ment of this well-used bridge in Kentville.

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