[Sydney River, NS] — The province (Nova Scotia) has awarded the tender to construct a new Sydney River Bridge to a New Brunswick-based company.
© (Photo: Steve Wadden/Cape Breton Post)
Recent construction work along the bridge in Sydney River, Nova Scotia.
The province awarded a $12,625,080 tender for the construction of the bridge to Caldwell and Ross Ltd. The new bridge will have two 3.5-metre driving lanes, two 1.5-metre shoulders and a four-metre-wide active transportation lane.
Work to demolish and remove the existing bridge is expected to begin in the next few weeks (July). A more precise timeline wasn't immediately available.
Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said the department is trying to keep inconveniences associated with the bridge closure to a minimum. He noted access to businesses on Keltic Drive will be maintained throughout the project, and a free shuttle service will be provided. The province is working with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on the shuttle project.
The province is also upgrading a marked detour route for regular bridge users, which will be less than five kilometres. People will be able to watch the work via webcam on the department website.
The new bridge is part of the province's five-year highway improvement plan which is to be finished by December 2014.
Cape Breton Post