Summer re-fit for Des Atocas Creek Bridge

Ontario Good Roads Association confer- ence (OGRA) earlier this year about possible funding for the Des Atocas Bridge re-fit. The mayor pointed out that the bridge is seven decades old now and its original design then was for a maximum load capacity of five imperial tons. The years have taken their toll on the struc- ture. Township director Marc Daigneault observed a noticeable sag in the underside of the bridge when he took part in a recent inspection. While the bridge was designed for five tons load-bearing capacity, it is no longer able to handle some of the modern heavy equipment that exists now. The township has had to hire a contractor equipped with a small tractor to look after snow removal during winter along the Concession Four road section on either side of the bridge because the township’s own snowplow is too big and heavy for the bridge to handle. There are also safety concerns for general traffic, including school buses, given the ag- ing condition of the bridge. The original estimate for a re-fit of Des Atocas Bridge was $1.9 million, based on an initial engineering consultant study. Further review brought the estimate down to $1.5 million when the township approached the province for funding aid. “This is another example of the partner- ships between the province and the munic- ipalities,” said MPP Grant Crack, adding that the MIII funding helps to keep the town- ship’s own budgeting needs in check and prevent large increases in the local property tax rate. The bridge re-fit should be complete by the end of this October.


ALFRED | Residents along Concession Four Road near the Des Atocas Bridge have to remember that it’s not a through road for awhile. But they’ll be happy with the results when a re-fit of the bridge over the creek is finished. The $1.5 million project has joint funding from the provincial government and Alfred- Plantagenet Township. The provincial share of 82 per cent comes from the Municipal Infrastructure Initiatives Investment fund (MIII) while the township’s share is part of the capital works budget. “Council is pleased to have this kind of support from the province,” said Mayor Jean-Yves Lalonde during the July 11 offi- cial launch of the bridge re-fit project. “This was a project that was urgently needed, as it was a security and safety concern.” The mayor and council approached pro- vincial government officials during the

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Coun. René Beaulne (left) and MPP Grant Crack discuss some issues while attending the official launch of the Des Atocas Bridge re-fit project.

Rural homeowners in the City of Clarence- Rockland can be sure of getting their proper fire insurance discount rate again. Fire department water shuttle reapproved The Clarence-Rockland Fire Department has received recertification confirmation of its water shuttle accreditation. The depart-

ment proved that its two water tankers, with a combined capacity of 5500 gallons, can provide up to at least two hours of constant water flow for dealing with rural fire situations where hydrant service is not available. The department also has mutual support agreements with neighbouring fire departments for extra crew and equipment backup when needed.

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