The City of Kenora has announced that the new Seventh Avenue South bridge is finally complete. Construction has been taking place throughout the spring and summer, dating back to March.
Work included 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. 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.
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 city extends thanks to the public, the residents in the immediate work area, and boaters on Laurensons Creek for their cooperation and patience during this significant infrastructure project.
The roughly $1 million project was funded by the Government of Ontario’s Build on the North program.