The Hudson Bridge Replacement project, made possible by a grant through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, comes to completion, and the Hudson Bridge officially opens.
Town of Gananoque staff, current and former members of Council, and representatives from Greer Galloway Consulting Engineers were in attendance on Thursday morning, on Machar Street, for a ribbon cutting ceremony, commemorating the official opening of the newly replaced, Hudson Bridge.
At a previous Council meeting on September 5, 2017, former members of Council authorized staff to submit an application to the Province, through the 2017 Intake of the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund Top-Up Application, for the replacement of the aged Hudson Bridge.
On February 15, 2018, Shellee Fournier, the Town’s CAO, received email confirmation from the office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announcing that the Town had been successful in its application, and provincial funding was being transferred the Town in the amount of $1.4 M. This funding was contingent on the works being completed, on or before December 31, 2019.
Greer Galloway Consulting Engineers out of the Kingston, ON office were awarded the contract for design, contract administration and inspection services, while Dalcon Constructors Ltd. were awarded the contract for construction. The contract documents specified a “Modular Panel” style bridge, for which was sourced through Algonquin Bridge. “This bridge appealed to members of Council back in 2017, referring to it as a “bridge in a box”. This is true in that it’s of a modular style, with manufactured components, that get fabricated off site, and assembled on site. That being said, it’s a whole lot more than that, and the perception of the quality of the structure should not be such that it suggests that this structure is inferior in any way. It’s very robust, can serve to support heavier loads than the previous bridge which had a restricted, posted load rating, and will serve this community, with little maintenance, for years to come. The new structure has some features that resemble that of its predecessor, keeping with more of a function over form appeal”, says Paul McMunn, Manager of Public Works.
Town of Gananoque, would like to recognize and thank all of the stakeholders who have made this project a success, and thank its residents for their patience while construction activities were taking place over much of 2019.
For more information please contact:
Paul McMunn C.E.T.
Manager of Public Works
Town of Gananoque
Tel: 613-382-2149 ext. 1615