File photo

The completion date for the Lord Selkirk Bridge construction project in Wallaceburg has been extended by one month.

Officials with the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Engineering and Transportation Department have announced a new completion date for the rehabilitation project, which will now be early October, 2019.

“This is a change from the original completion date of early September,” Engineering and Transportation officials said in a media release.

“During the removal of the existing bridge deck, several deficiencies were identified to components of the bridge that were to remain in place. The majority of these deficiencies were not able to be determined until removals took place and properly exposed all interior elements.”

Municipal officials added: “In order to ensure the structural integrity of the bridge as well as public safety following construction, these deficiencies need to be corrected which require additional time and/or materials to complete.”

The bridge will remain closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic for the duration of construction however, marine traffic will continue to be accommodated, Engineering and Transportation officials said.

“For WAMBO, one sidewalk crossing the bridge is planned to be accessible for pedestrians.”

For updates on this and all other projects within Chatham-Kent, visit: www.chatham-kent.ca/constructionprojects