No Decision Yet On Future of Mira Gut Bridge
It’ll likely be another year before the province makes a decision on the replacement of the Mira Gut Bridge.
The bridge was declared unsafe over the summer and is now completely torn down.
Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says they’re still working with the federal government to figure out what their next steps might be.
The Transportation Department’s Chief Engineer, Peter Hackett, says a decision isn’t expected until late 2018.
Hackett and Hines’ statements come after the release of the province’s annual five-year highway plan today.
Hackett says part of the plan involves additional inspection work on the Seal Island Bridge.
He adds they didn’t find any major problems with recent inspections, but they’re now planning more in-depth inspections over the next two years.
The province is setting aside 285 million dollars for capital spending on highways, bridges and roads for the coming fiscal year, including plans for the twinning of sections of Highways 101, 103 and 104.