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Duck Bay Bridge Re-opening Celebrated in Waubaushene (Bridge open to public by end of next week)

Posted on Friday December 04, 2015
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Mayor Warnock, Council, Tay Township Fire and Emergency Services, Consultants and Contractors Cut the Ribbon to Celebrate the Re-opening of the Duck Bay Bridge.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Date: December 4, 2015
Time: 11:30 am

Duck Bay Bridge Re-opening Celebrated in Waubaushene

WAUBAUSHENE, TAY TOWNSHIP, ON: Originally constructed in 1927 Duck Bay Bridge has joined the north and south parts of Tay Township for nearly 90 years.  Mayor Scott Warnock, council, and invited guests officially cut the ribbon on the newly reconstructed bridge bringing this project one step closer to completion. 

“Sound and modern roads and bridges are vitally important to the safety and well-being of Canadians and I am pleased to see this important project completed for the benefit of all Township of Tay residents,” said the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “Infrastructure is about communities and about people. I look forward to working in partnership with towns, cities, provinces and territories across Canada to help build strong, vibrant and liveable communities for all Canadians.”

“In 1987, weight restrictions on the bridge forced the township to divert all large vehicles including buses, municipal emergency and maintenance vehicles, out onto highway 400 to service the northern parts Tay Township” said Mayor Warnock. “With today’s official opening and the symbolic crossing of one of our emergency service vehicles, we mark the end of 28 years of restrictions on this bridge”.

This 2 million dollar project was funded by the taxpayers of the Township of Tay and a contribution of $517,151 through the federal Gas Tax Fund.  The project was designed and supervised by C.C. Tatham and Associates. McPherson Andrews Contracting completed the stabilization and concrete encapsulation of the existing piers.  Owen King Limited removed the original bridge and rehabilitated the abutments and installed the new truss bridge supplied by Algonquin Bridge Inc. of Springwater Township.

The bridge will be open to all traffic by the end of next week once the construction company has turned the bridge back over to Township control.

 

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Contact:

Peter Dance
Director of Public Works
Phone: 705-534-7248 ext. 224        
Email: pdance@tay.ca

Bryan Ritchie
Manager of Roads and Fleet
Phone: 705-534-7248 ext. 242
Email: britchie@tay.ca