Concession A bridge receives council reprieve

News Nov 13, 2017 by Jeff Tribe Norfolk News

The Concession A bridge isn’t going anywhere quite yet.

A Class EA study on the structure presented to Norfolk County council during Tuesday’s in-committee meeting recommended permanent closure and removal as its preferred solution, based on a number of criteria, including economics and social and environmental implications.

“It’s a whole function of all of the items,” explained Lee Robinson, director of public works and environmental services.

Concession A bridge was one of three included in a project update, with a total projected capital cost of $3,520,000 broken down into replacing a County Road 45 Bailey Bridge with a two-lane structure ($1,800,000), doing the same for the Sideroad Lot 22 bridge ($820,000), and $900,000 for the closure and removal of the Concession A structure.

Funding would come from the roadway construction reserve ($2,620,000) and gas tax revenue reserve fund ($900,000).

By consensus, meeting chair Coun. John Wells separated the latter for further discussion from council’s subsequent support for the first two items.

In the wake of that vote, Coun. Noel Haydt spoke to the loss of five bridges in his area over the past decade, and a 100-signature petition supporting repairing and reopening the Concession A bridge, exacerbated by a house fire in the area during previous discussion. “Which caused mayhem because the fire trucks couldn’t get down (the road).”

If council did not wish to proceed with the "preferred solution," it could amend the recommendation, said Robinson.

Clerk Andy Grozelle suggested instructing staff to prepare a report exploring other options, including putting the bridge back in service, Robinson said, “so we have an idea of what we are trying to achieve.”

Council embraced the approach, along with a request for the Concession A bridge EA instigated by Coun. Doug Brunton, to encourage enhanced understanding of all issues, financial and otherwise, at play.

Concession A bridge receives council reprieve

Alternatives sought to ‘preferred solution’ of permanent closure/removal

News Nov 13, 2017 by Jeff Tribe Norfolk News

The Concession A bridge isn’t going anywhere quite yet.

A Class EA study on the structure presented to Norfolk County council during Tuesday’s in-committee meeting recommended permanent closure and removal as its preferred solution, based on a number of criteria, including economics and social and environmental implications.

“It’s a whole function of all of the items,” explained Lee Robinson, director of public works and environmental services.

Concession A bridge was one of three included in a project update, with a total projected capital cost of $3,520,000 broken down into replacing a County Road 45 Bailey Bridge with a two-lane structure ($1,800,000), doing the same for the Sideroad Lot 22 bridge ($820,000), and $900,000 for the closure and removal of the Concession A structure.

Funding would come from the roadway construction reserve ($2,620,000) and gas tax revenue reserve fund ($900,000).

By consensus, meeting chair Coun. John Wells separated the latter for further discussion from council’s subsequent support for the first two items.

In the wake of that vote, Coun. Noel Haydt spoke to the loss of five bridges in his area over the past decade, and a 100-signature petition supporting repairing and reopening the Concession A bridge, exacerbated by a house fire in the area during previous discussion. “Which caused mayhem because the fire trucks couldn’t get down (the road).”

If council did not wish to proceed with the "preferred solution," it could amend the recommendation, said Robinson.

Clerk Andy Grozelle suggested instructing staff to prepare a report exploring other options, including putting the bridge back in service, Robinson said, “so we have an idea of what we are trying to achieve.”

Council embraced the approach, along with a request for the Concession A bridge EA instigated by Coun. Doug Brunton, to encourage enhanced understanding of all issues, financial and otherwise, at play.

Concession A bridge receives council reprieve

Alternatives sought to ‘preferred solution’ of permanent closure/removal

News Nov 13, 2017 by Jeff Tribe Norfolk News

The Concession A bridge isn’t going anywhere quite yet.

A Class EA study on the structure presented to Norfolk County council during Tuesday’s in-committee meeting recommended permanent closure and removal as its preferred solution, based on a number of criteria, including economics and social and environmental implications.

“It’s a whole function of all of the items,” explained Lee Robinson, director of public works and environmental services.

Concession A bridge was one of three included in a project update, with a total projected capital cost of $3,520,000 broken down into replacing a County Road 45 Bailey Bridge with a two-lane structure ($1,800,000), doing the same for the Sideroad Lot 22 bridge ($820,000), and $900,000 for the closure and removal of the Concession A structure.

Funding would come from the roadway construction reserve ($2,620,000) and gas tax revenue reserve fund ($900,000).

By consensus, meeting chair Coun. John Wells separated the latter for further discussion from council’s subsequent support for the first two items.

In the wake of that vote, Coun. Noel Haydt spoke to the loss of five bridges in his area over the past decade, and a 100-signature petition supporting repairing and reopening the Concession A bridge, exacerbated by a house fire in the area during previous discussion. “Which caused mayhem because the fire trucks couldn’t get down (the road).”

If council did not wish to proceed with the "preferred solution," it could amend the recommendation, said Robinson.

Clerk Andy Grozelle suggested instructing staff to prepare a report exploring other options, including putting the bridge back in service, Robinson said, “so we have an idea of what we are trying to achieve.”

Council embraced the approach, along with a request for the Concession A bridge EA instigated by Coun. Doug Brunton, to encourage enhanced understanding of all issues, financial and otherwise, at play.