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Smiths Falls looking at options for Confederation Bridge

by | Nov 28, 2019 | Local News | 3 comments

The Confederation Bridge in Smiths Falls has not been forgotten by Council. 

The Confederation Bridge is scene in this photo taken shortly before it was closed.

On Monday, November 25th, Troy Dunlop Director of Public Works and Utilities gave committee members a brief update. Several scenarios are being examined including rehabilitating the existing bridge into an active transportation bridge only, rehabilitating it into a single lane bridge with a pedestrian walkway, or building a brand new single lane bridge or a brand new two lane bridge.

Each scenario will be presented to council with costing and risk assessments, although as Dunlop, explained the current climate of tariffs on building materials is making costings very volatile.

In addition the current structure is covered in lead paint that will have to be dealt with before anything else can be done.

Staff are currently working with a consultant out of Kingston to examine options for council discussion. 

 

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3 Comments

  1. Rémi Robert

    This bridge needs to be replaced to what it was. It served as an alternative to getting around traffic woes, as we currently have, In Smiths Falls. Even a single lane would serve not only local residents better, but emergency vehicles as well, especially when one of the Parks Canada bridges are out of service. To me, this is a no-brainer, and it is missed!

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  2. Rae Shepherd

    This is great news. Everyone I know would like this bridge to be both a driving and a pedestrian bridge. Thank you

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  3. Patricia Smithi

    Glad to see that the Confederation Bridge situation is not a “done deal”.
    As a resident who has lived on the south side of the River for over sixty years, I believe that this bridge should be used as a vehicle bridge…single or double.
    In the summertime, it is a Godsend to those of us who wish to get across town for various reasons…i.e. Doctors’ appointments, dental appointments, Life Labs, shops across town, and the local hospital and do not wish to contend with the opening and closing of the local lock system…(no matter which bridge one chooses to use is almost always the one closed to traffic).This bridge also takes a load off the “main drag”.
    Please take into account the concerns of those of us ‘over the river’.

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