Armstrong lands job to remove old bridge

George Armstrong Co. Ltd. of Fort Frances has been awarded the $1.26-million contract to remove the old bridge spanning Sioux Narrows on Highway 71, the provincial government announced today.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month, with completion expected by the spring.
The work includes removal and salvaging of the main span of the Sioux Narrows bridge. Sections of the historic old structure will be incorporated into a new bridge there.
Impacts to existing traffic will be minimal and there will be no road closures. The existing single lane detour will be maintained at all times.
“Our government is committed to making Ontario’s highways, roads, and bridges safer and more reliable,” Transportation minister Harinder Takhar said.
“Theses upgrades will improve safety for drivers in Northern Ontario and keep this highway in a good state of repair,” he added.
“Good highways are essential for building strong northern communities,” echoed Northern Development and Mines minister Rick Bartolucci.
“The McGuinty government places a high priority on projects like this that will enhance community safety, strengthen local economies, and promote regional prosperity,” he remarked.
The Ontario government is investing nearly $1 billion in highway infrastructure this year to improve safety, ease congestion, and save drivers time.