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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Owen Sound Council Approves Property Acquisition For Bridge Replacement

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Part of structure at 10th Street and 1st Avenue East to be demolished

The City of Owen Sound is acquiring a property on 10th Street East to facilitate the upcoming bridge replacement project.

Council discussed the acquisition in closed session yesterday and later approved a staff recommendation to finalize a deal to acquire 95-99 10th Street East for $225,000.

According to a report by Director of Public Works and Engineering Dennis Kefalas, the property is located on the southeast corner of 10th Street and 1st Avenue East.

Kefalas says the under-structure of the current bridge appears to go into the foundation of one of two buildings of the property.

"Replacing the bridge with this building intact will present challenges including not damaging the building during the construction," Kefalas explains.

Kefalas says part of the existing structure at the property will have to be demolished to allow for the foundation of the new bridge.

In his report, Kefalas explains staff was given authority in October 2018 to negotiate with the property owner, and the quick acquisition assures the project remains on schedule to meet the MTO Connecting Links March 31, 2021 completion deadline for $3-million in funding.

The Director of Public Works says the property acquisition will allow design plans to be finalized on the bridge replacement project in the near future, before it heads to tender.

The demolition of the old bridge will begin in October 2019. 

Kefalas says the aim is to have the new 10th Street Bridge completed and re-opened by Christmas 2020.

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