Work on aboiteau bridge continues

Andrew Wagstaff
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Town hoping for improved results in spring

PARRSBORO – Repair work is far from complete on the aboiteau bridge, but town council is already reporting positive results.

Work is ongoing at Parrsboro’s aboiteau bridge on Two Islands Road. Town council reported that repairs to the structure are only partially complete but have already reduced the outflow of water.

The work by the provincial department of transportation and infrastructure renewal is about one-third to one-half complete, but has already reduced the leakage of water, deputy mayor Lisa Ward reported.

“It is hoped that the department will return in the spring to complete the project with even greater results,” said Ward, during the Sept. 24 town council session. “In the meantime, plywood has been used on the deteriorated gates on a temporary basis and seems to be working to some extent as well.”

Parrsboro CAO Ray Hickey has been discussing a more permanent solution for repairing the structure’s four gates with local furnace plant Granby, and received a quote of $6,000. Council agreed to pursue with this with funds from its gas tax revenue.

The province and the town will share the cost of this work, with the province taking up the bulk of it, according to Hickey, who explained that the town is responsible for the gate repairs because it is considered an optional feature.

So far, the provincial department has piled about $30,000 worth of armour rock underneath the structure, slowing the outflow of water but not stopping it. The plywood was a temporary measure.

“We put some plywood in and closed the gates down to see if it would actually hold water in,” he said. “It worked and lasted for about a weekend… it was a good experiment and showed, if we fix the gates, that water will probably stay in the aboiteau pretty well.”

As Granby is in its peak season right now building furnaces, Hickey said they would build the new gates later this fall, probably around November.

Meanwhile, general roadwork is ongoing at the bridge, which will be reduced to one-lane traffic until Oct. 18.

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  • Andrew
    September 26, 2013 - 21:06

    Interesting? So, the NDP government has not been ignoring the repair of the aboiteau (as was implied by Liberal Candidate Terry Farrell). They have been working steadily with the Town of Amherst on a workable solution and continue to be involved in finding a solution to a permanent repair. Maybe Mr. Farrell should retract his statement about the aboiteau during the next candidate's forum in Pugwash.