Project to come at no cost to town
© Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen-Record
Help is on the way for Parrsboro’s aboiteau, which has been suffering from low water levels due to its leaking bridge structure. Mayor Lois Smith confirmed this week that the provincial government has agreed to repair the bridge at no cost to the town and the work will be completed within a year.
PARRSBORO - The days of Parrsboro's aboiteau looking like a dry mud flat are now numbered, according to Mayor Lois Smith. The mayor confirmed this week that the town has received conformation from the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal that the leaky bridge on Two Islands Road will be repaired at no cost to the town. Smith said she and town CAO Ray Hickey were informed Aug. 9 by phone call that the project had been approved. "It' going to be done within the year, not right away, but at no cost to the Town of Parrsboro," she said. "They are going to repair anything that needs repaired on the bridge. They talked about guardrails, cement work, and, probably between now and late fall, they are going to have divers here to look under the bridge." The leaking bridge has been blamed for years as the cause of low water levels in the aboiteau, as sediment has washed away from under the bridge to allow water to run back underneath the gates that are meant to hold it in. Although no decisions have been made, the mayor said one option the province is considering is building up cement in the area where the water is leaking. The cost of the project has not yet been determined, but Smith said an agreement made between the province and the previous town council has ensured that the town's only responsibility with regards to the bridge will be any necessary paving work that results from the work. She said she and the councillors have been approached about the unsightly and smelly aboiteau every day, and shared the frustration of the people. "We would like to have seen it repaired this summer, but at least it's on the books and budgeted for," said Smith. "Within a year we should be back up and running and have water in the aboiteau."