Thursday, February 27, 2020

Selkirk Bridge open to pedestrians during WAMBO

(Dana Haggith)

The Lord Selkirk Bridge in Wallaceburg will be open to pedestrians during WAMBO weekend.

Municipality of Chatham-Kent officials said the bridge will be operational for marine traffic to pass underneath the bridge all weekend as well.

“Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. – staff on site to operate bridge for both pedestrian and boat access,” municipal officials said on their construction project website.

“Before 6 p.m. and after 10 p.m., the bridge will remain open of boat traffic only.”

Municipal officials said on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., staff will be on site to operate the bridge for both pedestrian and boat access.

“Before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m., the bridge will remain open (for) boat traffic only.”

On Sunday, there will be no staff on site, municipal officials said.

“Therefore no pedestrian access and the bridge will remain open for boat traffic only,” municipal officials said.

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 rehabilitation project for the Lord Selkirk Bridge in Wallaceburg received unanimous approval from Chatham-Kent Council on Monday, December 17.

A tender in the amount of $5.3-million was awarded to Landform Civil Infrastructures Inc.

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