Over $1.1 million has been allocated over the next three years to fix up bridges in the city. The City of Kenora will be allocating $1,149,904 that will be funded through the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund for repairs to the Bay Street Overpass, Darlington Bay Bridge and the Norlen Bridge in Jaffray Mellick.
“It’s mostly repairs. We’re not replacing any of them,” said Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield.
“There’s a lot of work to be done here. It will take us up to 2020. The money through the OCIF funding is formula based, and it’s increasing every year until 2021. It’s between $800,000 to $850,000 each year. So it would be solely funded through the OCIF funding, not the taxpayer.”
Canfield noted that this work doesn’t include the replacement of the Coker Road bridge, as he is still holding out hope that the city will be able to build a model wooden bridge. Canfield says that FedNor is ‘very interested’ in helping to fund the potential project. The mayor adds that wooden bridges store greenhouse gases, while concrete and steel bridges release carbon.
The contract for the work on the three bridges was given to Moncrief Construction.