Two Cumberland County bridges listed for repair in 2014

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AMHERST – Nearly 400 bridges in the province are listed as having damage and two are here in Cumberland County.

After a series of delays, the bridge in Northport was replaced in 2011. – File

The MacDonald Road underpass, just outside of Amherst, and the Plaster Creek bridge near Oxford were both flagged by the Dept. of Transportation, with the MacDonald Bridge fairing better than the other.

The steel girder bridge that’s part of Highway 104 was flagged for vehicle damage but otherwise is listed in fair condition. It is scheduled for repair this year, while the Plaster Creek bridge is listed as in serious condition.

“"Condition of the piles are worsening due to crushing and decay,” the 2012 inspection report said. “In the substructure of the bridge, piles are deteriorating and are under stress… Strut No. 1 at the west end is broken and very severely splintered.”

It, too, is scheduled for repair in 2014.

Cumberland County was in relatively good shape compared to other parts of the province. In the last four years, several bridges were replaced including the bridge in Springhill Junction, Little Forks, Northport and – just last week – Fort Lawrence.

Using the freedom-of-information law, The Canadian Press obtained 3,021 inspection reports done on bridges in 2012, the last year where records are complete. An analysis of the data revealed 13 per cent of the bridges inspected were in poor or worse shape.


Organizations: Canadian Press

Geographic location: Cumberland County, MacDonald Road, Amherst Oxford Springhill Junction Little Forks

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