The City of Kenora is moving forward with the replacement of the Seventh Avenue South bridge. The work will begin next month, with the new bridge expected to be installed by the fall.
The demolition of the bridge will begin in March, as well as the installation of a pedestrian bridge. The new construction and bridge installation will begin at the end of the school-year in June, with completion expected prior to the start of school in the fall.
Kenora Councillors hoped to minimize the impact of the construction for children walking to King George School, snowmobiles travelling under the bridge during winter and boat traffic using Laurenson's Creek during the summer.
The city says that the existing bridge is in very poor condition and subject to a loading restriction, but the new bridge will eliminate the restriction. The work will include the removal of the bridge, reconstruction of portions of the existing retaining wall and construction of the new, two-lane bridge with sidewalks on both sides. Temporary road closures will be required, along with temporary restrictions on boat traffic on Laurenson’s Creek at the crossing.
In September 2017, Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield noted that the city had planned to replace the Seventh Avenue bridge in 2017, but was unsuccessful in his efforts to obtain funding from the province. Ontario is now providing roughly $1 million for the project.
Following a 2014 inspection by WSP Canada Inc. the Seventh Avenue Bridge was determined to be in the worst shape in the City. The consultants recommended that the bridge be replaced within the next 2 to 3 years.
The roughly $1.2 million contract was awarded to MD Steele Construction Ltd.
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