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Dewittville Bridge repair carries on into fall

The repairs to the Dewittville Bridge that began this spring are far from over. From the beginning, the project has been fraught with complications. After environmental permits were approved in 2019 and the contract for the work had been awarded, the project was suddenly shut down without explanation by the Ministry of the Environment. Repairs finally began in April of this year but were hampered by spring flooding that washed away site preparations.

 

The repairs to the bridge that spans the Chateauguay River in Dewittville are ongoing.  PHOTO Yvonne Lewis Langlois

 

Construction started up again in late May. Over the course of the summer the contractor had difficulty getting the cement that is required for the bridge facing. Some of the original stones that were to be reinstalled were found to be too thick and had to be shipped to Quebec City to be cut to fit in the facing once again. Repairs are now scheduled to be completed this fall. The 100-year-old bridge has been closed since 2016.

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