While Penetanguishene dollars are going into the overhaul of Main Street, and Midland is using funds to tear up Norene Street, it is the provincial government that is funding the full rehabilitation of the bridge on .
JUST THE FACTS:
• The work is taking place to the east of Wye Valley Road and west of the entrance to the Martyrs’ Shrine.
• The contract was awarded to Clearwater Structures at a value of $3.5 million and also includes the rehabilitation of the Highway 12 bridge over the Coldwater River in Coldwater.
• Crews started work this spring, and the project is expected to be completed by fall 2019.
• The work on the top of the bridge is being completed in two stages — one half at a time — to minimize the impact on traffic and allow for efficient construction operations.
• One lane in each direction will be maintained and open to the traffic at all times.
• No full closures of that section of Highway 12 are anticipated during the duration of the project.
• The Ministry of Transportation owns approximately 2,800 bridges. General maintenance inspections are conducted on all bridges at least twice a year, with a full detailed inspection mandated every two years.
• The Ontario government is funding repairs and rehabilitation work on 221 bridges across the province, between 2016 and 2020.
• In 2014-15 the Ontario government committed to spending $190 billion over 13 years to expand and renew Ontario’s infrastructure.