Smiths Falls looking at options for Confederation Bridge
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.