The community of Miminegash is getting a new bridge.
The province has issued a tender for the capital project, set to begin Oct. 15.
Provincial bridge engineer Neil Lawless said the existing structure is in need of a complete overhaul.
“We’re going to demolish the existing bridge and drive steel pipe piles and construct a new bridge,” Lawless said in a recent interview with The Guardian.
Work on the bridge was originally scheduled for the spring, but fishermen in the area requested a delay, as the construction would have cut off access to part of the harbour.
“We were in dialogue with the local fishers group and we accommodated them to keep the existing bridge open until mid-October so they could have use of the existing bridge throughout the fishing season of 2013,” Lawless said.
Transportation workers reinforced the old bridge to ensure it was safe to use over the spring and summer months.
The total budget for the project is approximately $1 million. Lawless said he is hopeful the new bridge will be open for traffic in January of 2014. A public meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7 at the fire hall to discuss the replacement of this bridge.